Sabtu, 14 Mei 2011

There is no blue without yellow and without orange

Everyday I pack an orange or two in my hubby’s lunch.  And until recently he was throwing the peels away.  That is until I discovered that I could make my own orange oil easily and economically. 

Orange oil is a strong solvent and can be found in many commercial cleaners.  All you need is a ¼ cup for every gallon of warm water.

Be careful because orange oil is extremely flammable.  It’s also highly acidic and should be handled with care; rubber gloves are a reasonable precaution.

To make orange oil all you need are dried orange peels, cheap vodka, a clean glass jar with a lid, a coffee filter, a large shallow bowl and a clean jar with a lid to store the oil.

Lay the orange peels out on a ventilated surface, like a paper plate holder or wire rack, to allow for full circulation of air.  The peels dry out within a few days. 

Once the they are dry, fill the jar halfway with dried peels then and cover them with vodka. Place a lid on the jar, and shake it to combine the mixture. Allow the peels to marinate in the alcohol for at least a week (I let them sit for a couple weeks), shaking the mixture each day. The oil in the peels will be extracted into the vodka.

After the peels have soaked in the vodka for at least a week, strain out the peels through a coffee filter. 

In order to extract as much oil as possible, press the peels through a citrus juicer.   You will get a lot more liquid from the remaining peels.

The oil infused will have an orange tinge and a decidedly orangey aroma. 

Leave the liquid uncovered. Over a period of several days, the alcohol will evaporate and leave behind natural orange oil.

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