Alright, we admit that we went slightly overboard on the mandarin oranges during Chinese New Year. We bought one too many boxes of them, and coupled with those given by friends and relatives, there are at least 87 (or more) uneaten ones lying around.
If you’re also stuck with a surplus of mandarins, don’t be compelled to gobble them up. On the bright side, the fate of mandarin oranges shouldn’t be limited to eating.
Here are some simple and useful ways you can use the fruit:
1. Make mandarin orange juice
If you can’t eat all of them, juice them up! Mandarin oranges have lots of vitamin A and B in them, and is said to be able to prevent cancer. It also makes your skin more radiant and youthful too!
2. Bake a cake
Mandarin oranges are naturally sweet and have a delicious smell to them. Bake a cake with some of the leftover fruits – you need up to four or five of them to make this yummy citrus cake.
3. Use them in your dishes
Mandarin orange peels have a nice citrus flavour that can add some zest in your dishes. You can use dried peels when cooking rice, as part of the marinade, and even as a type of seasoning ingredient. Remove the skin and leave it to dry for several days outside, or pop it into an oven to speed up the drying process.
4. Make them into an organic detergent
Most detergents contain extracts from citrus fruits. This is because citrus fruits are natural cleaning agents, and are particularly effective at removing odours. You can create a homemade detergent using leftover mandarin oranges and vinegar. Mix these and leave it in a jar for two weeks and it’s ready to be used!
5. Scrub ’em
We mentioned earlier that mandarin oranges are good for skin as they contain antioxidants and vitamins. They are said to be able to reduce wrinkles and blemishes, as well as keeping your skin healthy and clean. So why not use the leftover ones to make homemade skin products?
We found an easy-to-make recipe for mandarin orange body scrub here that you can try out at home!
6. Make mandarin oranges sorbet
Who doesn’t love iced desserts? You can juice them up for drinks, you can also use some of the juice to make some sorbet!
7. Donate them
We get mandarin oranges every day during Chinese New Year – we eat them so often that we don’t find it special anymore. However, it may not be the same case for those in underprivileged situations. If you know a family, an orphanage, or an old folks’ home that don’t have the luxury of enjoying Chinese New Year with mandarin oranges, why not donate some to them? It would really make their day.
Now that you know what you can do with leftover mandarin oranges, you can start utilising them before they go bad! Should you need help with catering, cleaning, cooking, or anything at all – head on to Kaodim to get quotations from trusted service providers near you.
written by Esther Chung