Fruit and Vegetable Peels
• Grate the outer layer of oranges, lemons or limes to make zest for marinades, baking, flavored vinegars and oils–you can also freeze it if you wrap it well.
• Strips of peel are good in cocktails, sparkling water, and tap water–or to make candied citrus peels.
• Infuse honey, olive oil, or vinegar with citrus peels.
• Rub juiced lemon or lime halves on greasy pans, splattered stove tops, stinky sinks, counters or cutting board to clean and refresh.
• Leftover orange or grapefruit peels can be lightly rubbed on your face (watch out for your eyes!), then gently rinsed with warm water, for a nice skin tonic.
• Lemon peel can help lighten age spots–strap or tape a small piece on the spot and leave an hour.
• Rub the fleshy part of a piece of avocado peel on your face for a luscious quick moisturizer.
• Potato peelings are a great puffiness-reducer: apply the moist side of the fresh peels to your skin and allow to remain on for 15 minutes.