I’ve mentioned before that for Christmas I got a compost pail. I love that guy! I can’t believe the amount of kitchen scraps we accumulate in just one day. And thanks to my compost pail – none of that is going to the landfill. Instead, it is getting hauled out to the backyard to the compost bin where it is mixed with yard waste. I get kinda tickled when I head out each week to stir it. I’m always looking to see if it is making any progress.
Well, one of the things I’ve noticed when I’ve peeked in, is the citrus peels we’ve been adding don’t seem to be doing much. In fact, they all look a lot like they did when I threw them in. That’s when I read these words, “You will find out that orange peels take forever to break down….” Alrighty then. So what exactly am I supposed to do with the 8 -10 orange peels we seem to have each week?
Candied Orange Peel! I turned those scraps into a delicious treat!
If you don’t like Orange Marmalade, this might not be for you. Still, you might want to make up a batch for gift giving. Stored in an airtight container, they will last a month.
Candied Orange Peel
Orange Peel from 6 large oranges
4 1/2 Cup Sugar divided
4 inch piece of vanilla bean
1. Cut orange peel into long strips. Place in saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Pour off water. Repeat this step three times to remove the bitterness from the pith.
2. Bring 1 cup water to boil in a large saucepan. Add 4 cups of sugar, slowly, stirring until it dissolves. Add the vanilla bean and citrus peels. Return to a boil. Turn down the heat to simmer and let simmer for about an hour, or until peels are translucent.
3. Use tongs to remove peels and let dry on a drying rack placed over a pan. (don’t throw out the sugar water! it is delicious. I froze mine in ice cube trays to add to ice tea this summer!) It will take about 5 -6 hours for the peels to dry to the point of just being tacky. When they reach this point, roll in remaining 1/2 cup of sugar.
There you have it! Kitchen scraps turned tasty treat! Have you had candied orange peel before? Are you a fan?