With new season navels and mandarins at your local farmers markets, MFM intern and food waste warrior Chikako gives you some ways to make the most out of your citrus.

Mandarin skin snack (No food waste!)


Mandarin Skin Snacks! Photo via: bearnakedfood

  • Mandarin skin- equivalent to 2 mandarins
  • Sugar (preferably white sugar)- 200g
  • Sugar for coating- 100-150-g
  • Water- 150mL

How to make it

  1. Remove all white parts behind the skin.
  2. Cut skins into sticks, 3-4mm wide.
  3. In a large pot with boiled water, place mandarin skin and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  4. In a different pot, pour sugar and 150mL water and boil it to make syrup. Then place mandarin skin into the pot and let it boil for an hour and 15
  5. Drain water.
  6. Let it dry for 2 hours.
  7. Place sugar for coating in tapper wear, and place dried skin and shake it well.
  8. Serve as a snack with coffee or tea


What else can you do with mandarin skin?

Back in Japan, my home country, there is an idea of “mottainai”. This is a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste. This roughly means “ what a waste!” or “ Don’t waste!”. Here are a few things we do in in Japan with mandarin skins. Did you know that refreshing smell of citrus is from a component called “limonene” and this limonene is actually pretty amazing! Here are some fascinating ways of using skins! I’m sure it will make you say, “wow”!

Goodbye to unpleasant smell of microwave!

Does your microwave have some sort of unpleasant smell from many different kind of foods you have microwaved? We have a solution!

Simply place a mandarin skin in the microwave and just microwave it for about 1.5 minutes. When you open the door of microwave after that, I guarantee that your microwave will have no more unpleasant smell!!

Cleanser 1

Are you getting sick of stubborn oily stain or plates and kitchen sink? Then try wiping it with mandarin skin! It removes that stubborn stain!

I remember whenever I go to my grandma’s, her kitchen sink always smell really nice and it was a smell of citrus, and her kitchen skin was of course beautifully shining!

Have your house looking and smelling fresh with a easy to make citrus cleaner. Photo via HGTV

Cleanser 2 

Place skins in a large pan and pour water to cover skins. Let it boil it for 15 minutes. That water extract in the pot can be used as a window cleaner, simply allow to cool and place the mandarin infused water in a spray bottle.

Do any of these amazing ideas make you want to clean around your kitchen and windows? What I really like about these tips is that, it is chemical free.

There are so many things you can do with mandarins and there are so many good thing about them. So now let’s go to the farmers’ market, get warm and clean up your home.