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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Candied orange peels

One of the things that I am consciously trying to do these days is reduce the amount of waste that is produced by my household. Though I still have a long way to go to be zero waste, I am on the path towards this goal. To this end, I now take my own cloth shopping bags to the stores, use reusable storage bags to store fresh produce and am trying my best to avoid single use plastics. Most vegetable peels are turned into stock and I make my own household cleaner with citrus peels. This time, though, I tried something different with orange peels. I made candied orange peels. This is quite an easy recipe, though it requires a little bit of time. The candied peels add great flavor to simple bakes like breads and cakes.


To make candied orange peels, you will need:
Peels from 3 oranges (washed and sliced into thin, long strips)
Water - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup

Boil 7-8 cups of water in a large saucepan. When it starts to boil, add the orange peels and let it boil uncovered, for 5 minutes. Drain and repeat the process again. This is done to remove the bitterness of the peels. If the peels are very bitter, you can boil and drain the water thrice. The orange peels that I used this time were not very bitter and it was enough to boil them twice.
Heat half a cup of water in a pan. Add sugar to it. Once the sugar dissolves, add the orange peels and let them cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes. Remove the peels onto a cooling rack and leave them to dry overnight. If there is any sugar syrup left, you can use it in smoothies or juices. Store the peels in an airtight container.

Do check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 84.

10 comments:

Priya Kumar said...

Thats amazing, really this will give a nice flavor and aroma to baking stucff

Harini R said...

Wow! reduce and recycle is a great responsibility and kudos for doing it. The candied orange peels are my little one's fav.

vaishali sabnani said...

I love candied peels and normally buy it . but home made ones look fantastic and a beautiful color too.

Archana Potdar said...

Wow sounds yummy. Will love to try making it not only to reduce waste but because it is yummy.

Sandhiya said...

Candied peels looks so great . Kudos to your efforts for reducing your kitchen waste.

Suja Ram said...

Those candied orange peels look amazing. Drooling over them!

Sapana Behl said...

I wish to make them at home but never attempted. Perfectly made candied peels.

Rajesh Kumar said...

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Srivalli said...

So nice to read about your activities Jay. All of us must do these things to save our earth!..I too try my little towards that..I am interested to know what that citrus cleaner you mentioned..these candied peels are so useful!

I Camp in my Kitchen said...

Small steps count a lot in achieving a greener planet jay! We too take our own shopping bags and veggies peels are turned into stock!
Do share that cleaner u make with citrus, love this candied orange, i make thogayal with orange peels, this is in my to-do list for long time!!!