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10 Ways to Use Citrus Peels

Illustrations of citrus fruit

Citrus is one of the few fruits that comes in its own natural package. But did you know those peels can be more than just colorful wrappers? We asked Anne-Marie Bonneau, who blogs at The Zero-Waste Chef, how she uses citrus peels — she had so many great ideas that we put them together in the infographic below. (Scroll to the bottom for links to the citrus recipes mentioned in the graphic.)

10 Ways to Use Citrus Peels infographic

Recipe Links
1: Candied Citrus Peels
4: Citrus Household Cleaner
7: Orange Essential Oil
10: Orange Marmalade

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