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what can i do with these blood orange peels?

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i cut in half and squeezed about a dozen blood oranges this morning and would like to know what i can do with the little half shells that are left? i hate to discard them, as i am sure i can do *something* with them. any thoughts? thanks.

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  1. candied orange peels.
    then dip them in bsw chocolate.

      1. I've found that most blood orange peels / zest I have tried was bitter and not very good. Taste the peels. See if you like the taste first, then decide if they are worth saving. If so, you can zest them and freeze the zest, or use as others suggest and candy them or otherwise use them. Remember the white pith on the peel can be very nasty bitter so you probably don't want to use the whole peel.

        1. Not food related:
          They are a great way to freshen a garbage disposal. I put all my citrus peels in the garbage disposal.

          (I don't use citrus zest much anymore since I purchased citrus oils--they are easier, and not visible in foods.)

          1. They'd make great little bowls for scoops of dark chocolate ice cream, or blood orange sorbet. If you're having a party; I wouldn't do it just to eat ice cream in front of the tv. :)

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            1. re: Jess

              I've also had orange halves as little bowls for a ceviche-esque scallop dish w/ orange juice and segments. Same deal...I'd want some company to ooh and ahh!

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              Yukari Pratt

              In Japan, you would consider putting them in your bath water!

              1. 1) Send them down the garbage disposal to freshen it.
                2) Simmer on the stove w/ cinnamon as an air freshener
                3) Fill the half shells w/ sherbert or ice cream and freeze. Then serve
                4) Trim them, fill w/ fruit salad for individual servings

                1. I saw a recipe in the new york times I believe that recommended saoking them in olive oil and using the oil for salads. I can't remember if it recommend the whole peel or just slicing it thin without the pith.

                  also try blood orange vodka if you are willing to zest them. Every time I have a blood orange I get out the microplaneand zest them first then throw it in my mason jar of vodka. check egullet for some ideas