A few weeks ago my sister gave me a bag of home grown oranges from her backyard. It has been sitting on my counter for weeks now and so I decided to make some orange juice with it. That afternoon I saw something interesting in a magazine. Cooking Light had a recipe to prepare candied orange peel. It was so easy to make candied peels with oranges or lemons. I made optimum use of the fruit by making candied orange peel and orange juice. The orange peel is wonderful to use as a garnish or as an ingredient in desserts. On this Earth Day I thought it would be appropriate to post something that is used to the best way possible. The remains of the orange after extracting the juice was put into the sink disposal to clean and to help remove bad odor and create freshness.
Heavy Bottom pan
Oranges - 2
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 2 tbsp
1. Using a Peeler peel only the zest of the orange carefully and cut into think strips.
2. Heat 1/4 cup of sugar and water and allow the sugar to dissolve completely.
3. Add the orange zest to the sugar liquid and allow it to cook for a few minutes.
4. Pass this mixture through a sieve and drain the zest.
Note: Do not throw the syrup away. Please wait for my next post to see what I created with it.
5. Spread the candied zest on to a parchment paper taking care to see that each zest is separated and allowed to air dry for some time ( took me over night to dry them, it all depends on the weather).
6. Toss the dried zests with 1/4 cup of sugar and store in air tight container and use it for desserts.