The start of this new year seems to be all about experimenting with totally new things. This one is a total winner. I have already chewed up half of these sweet tangy tit bits. So next time be sure not to throw away the orange peels once you are done with the fruit. Candied orange peels can be used in fruit cakes , in chocolates and a lot many things. These are simple to make at home and I am pretty sure, once you try these you will definitely not head to the store to buy them.
Candied Orange Peel
The start of this new year seems to be all about experimenting with totally new things. This one is a total winner. I have already chewed up half of these sweet tangy tit bits. So next time be sure not to throw away the orange peels once you are done with the fruit. Candied orange peels can be used
Peel the oranges and set aside the fruit for any other recipe [ or just eat it up].
Scrape the inner white portion of the peels and remove any white fibers you see.
Cut the orange peel into thin long strips using a scissor.
Take a clean and dry glass jar and put the strips of peel into it.
Add 1 tsp of salt and 2 tbsps. of sugar to the orange peels.
Give it a mix and add 1 tbsp of sugar on top and seal the glass jar. Leave undisturbed for 1 day. The peels start to leave out water.
Tip the contents of the jar into a saucepan.
Add 2 cups of water and boil for 10-15 minutes.
Drain the water and add another 2 cups of fresh water. Boil once again for 10 minutes.
Repeat the above step one more time.
Drain the water and keep the orange peels in the strainer for 10 minutes to remove any water left.
In a thick bottomed pan mix in 4 tbsps of sugar and the boiled orange peels. Cook on a low flame until the sugar melts and starts to get sticky.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Store the above in a fresh dry glass jar. Top it with another tbsp. of sugar and give it a mix.
For the next 4 days add 1 tbsp of sugar , mix and seal the jar.
On the 5th day- tip the contents of the jar on a flat plate , cover with a colander / sieve and keep it out for drying in the sun for an hour to two.
I preferred the candied peels on the sticky chewy side and dint allow them to dry too much. You can let them stay out a little longer if you like.
Store your candied orange peels in an air tight glass jar.
The boiling process helps to remove the bitterness of the orange peels.
Give the candied peels a taste after the 3rd day and depending on the taste you may add more or less sugar.
Do not place them in direct sunlight, since this would change their texture and the final taste. Cover them with a sieve or colander. You may even leave them on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours.
I have kept mine at room temperature since the weather is quite cool. If you have prepared a bigger batch, you may store it in the refrigerator.
Enjoy them as it is or add them in your bakes to give an amazing orange flavor.