My kids love to eat oranges. I mean they really love them. I would rather them eat fruit than store bought candy or some such thing so I keep lots of fruit on hand. I do not like waste. I hold the position that I paid for the whole fruit not just the inside so I always find a purpose for the skins, cores….When it comes to citrus fruit I keep a zip bag in the fridge and save up my peels until I have collected enough to candy. In this house it does not take long to save up a huge pile of peels.
Candied citrus peels are absolutely delicious and very easy to make. It does take some time but not much in the way of effort. Here is how you make them…
You will need to remove with a very sharp knife the white pith from the underside of the orange skin. It is quite bitter and unpleasant to eat.
Now once you have removed the white pith (white pith on left removed pith on right in above photo) you will slice the now cleaned up peels into 1/2 inch slices.
Next you will take 1 cup of organic evaporated cane juice or whatever organic sugar you like and 1 cup of filtered water and bring it to a boil in a medium sized pot.
Once the sugar syrup has fully dissolved and has boiled you add the sliced orange peels and simmer for 20 minutes (simmer not boil).
When the 20 minutes have passed let the peels cool in the syrup over night.
The next day repeat the last step simmering the peels in another cup of sugar and water for 20 minutes. Let cool over night again. The peels are cooked this way to remove bitterness and to tenderize the peels.
On day three you will repeat the simmering step for the last time. Once the peels have cooled completely you will strain you now slightly translucent peels…
You will now need a large cooling rack to lay the peels out on. They need to dry a bit to be ready for the sugaring step. I leave mine over night covered with paper towels lightly.
Once your peels have dried they will be very tacky, you need them to be so the sugar coating will stick and be so gorgeous!
Now get yourself a bowl and add some fresh organic sugar (fine grind). You will now dredge each and every peel through the sugar on both sides. Once done you lay them back on the rack to set.
These peels taste amazing. They make the kids happy just as they are but are a wonderful ingredient to bake with. They can be added to scones, pound cake and sweet bread recipes. They can be dipped in dark chocolate or chopped and added to cookie dough.
Store them in a sealed container and enjoy!