How To Make Candied Orange Peel
Once you learn how to make candied orange peel and serve to family or friends, you will never throw out another piece orange peel again. One of the most delightful, easy to make, and economical desserts is made the old fashion way from orange peels.
To make candied orange peel, you will need:
- Large pot
- Peel the oranges. Cut off each end of the orange with a knife and score the peel (lengthwise through the skin) into four sections. Carefully peel off each section of the orange peel without out tearing it and place the peel in a large pot. Repeat until all the oranges are peeled. Fill the pot of orange peels with water and boil for ten minutes. Dump the water from the pot; refill the pot with water, and boil for another ten minutes. Boil the orange peels for a total of twenty minutes.
- Scrape the pith (soft white part) from each piece of orange peel. After boiling and cooling, use a spoon to scrape off the white pith from the inside of each section of orange peel. This removes the bitter taste from the orange peel. Cut the orange into equal Julianne (thin and narrow) strips with a knife.
- Make the simple syrup. Pour equal amounts of sugar and water into a pot and bring it to a boil. The amount of syrup needed depends on how many orange peels you are cooking. A bag of oranges will require 2 to 3 cups of sugar and water. Carefully add the orange peels to the boiling syrup and stir with a wooden spoon. Bring the orange peels to a boil, lower the flame to medium, and boil the mixture for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The orange peels should look transparent when they are finished cooking. Drain the orange peels and let them cool. Roll each orange peel in granulated sugar and lay them out on a cookie sheet until completely dry.
- Candied orange peels can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
- Adding the orange peel to a mixture of boiling sugar and water can cause dangerous splattering and serious burns to your skin. Wear protective gloves or hold a pot lid between you and the pot to protect your eyes and skin from splatters.