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Candied Orange Peel Recipe

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Candied orange peel

Candied orange peel

Great Way to Use Orange Peels

I'm very fond of oranges, and I was grateful when I recently received a large gift of oranges. I wondered, though, is there anything I can do with the peels—rather than just throwing them away or composting them?

In the past I've simmered orange peels in water to bring the beautiful scent of oranges throughout the house. But after receiving this recent gift I wanted to try something else. I remembered that my mom once made candy out of orange peels, and so decided to try doing the same thing.

Note: You will need two days to make candied orange peel, as it takes that long for the prepared rinds to become "candied."

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 large oranges
  • 4 cups sugar, divided (3 cups and 1 cup)
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to the boil as you begin to prepare the orange peels.
  2. Prepare the orange peels by cutting off 1/4 inch from the top and bottom of the oranges.
  3. Cut the peel on each orange, from end to end, into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including the white pith) in one piece.
  4. On a cutting board, cut the peels into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
  5. Place the cut peels into the boiling water. Cook for 15 minutes. Then drain, rinse, and drain again.
  6. In a medium pot, bring 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of water to a boil. Then turn the temperature to medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  7. After the sugar is dissolved, add the cut-up peel. Return the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the peel is very soft. This will take about 45 minutes. Drain off the sugar water and set the peels aside.
  8. Place 1 cup of sugar onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  9. Toss the peel into the sugar, separating the strips.
  10. Lift the peel from the sugar and transfer to a sheet of foil.
  11. Let the peel rest on the foil until the coating is dry. This will take about 1 to 2 days.
Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit can be used to make candied citrus rinds.

Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit can be used to make candied citrus rinds.

Recipe Tips

  • Why trim the top and bottom of the oranges? Cutting off the top and bottom of the orange creates a uniform length for the candied orange peels.
  • Citrus alternatives: Other citrus fruits such as lemon, limes, and grapefruit can be used with this recipe as well. There is only one precaution and that is with the limes. Lime peels are much thinner than other citrus fruit, which means they need to boil for a shorter period of time. My experience suggests cutting the cooking duration for lime peels for 25 to 30 minutes to achieve the soft textured required for candying.
  • Great gift idea: Candied orange peels make excellent gifts for any occasion.
  • How to store: After resting, you can wrap and freeze candied orange peel for up to two months.
  • Safe food handling: If giving candied orange peel to others, safe food handling is important. One way to safely handle food that you are handing out is to purchase self-adhesive, food-grade cellophane bags. Place the food inside the bag and then seal the bag prior to handing it out to others.

Delicious Treat

If I say so myself, these candied orange peels turned out to be quite delicious.

It's true that the recipe calls for a lot of sugar. But then again, candy requires sugar and candied orange peel is candy!

I hope you enjoy making this treat. And, if you like this recipe, do try it with other citrus peels such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

© 2021 Marlene Bertrand

Comments

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Hi Pamela! It was my first attempt at making such a thing. I am glad you like this recipe. If you like the flavor of oranges, then these candied orange peels will be a tasty treat.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 03, 2021:

I never made anything quite like this treat, Marlene. Thank you for the recipe that have very good instructions. I am sure I would like candied oranges.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Hi Pam! Thank you for your feedback. Your comments inspire me to think of other ways to preserve, rather than throw food away. In fact, as you know it was my desire to repurpose that prompted me to think of this recipe in the first place. Now, I want to see what other foods there are that I could be preserving, or using in other ways.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Bill, you and my husband are sitting in the same boat on this one. He took one little bite and that was it. I love them, but he could live a long and satisfying life without ever taking another bite of candied orange peel.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Oh DDE, I did not know about this fascinating tradition in Croatia. But, I can see why it is one of the best selling treats. Since I made these candied orange peels, I eat at least one piece every day as a treat for myself.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Hi DDE! Thank you! Yes, it is very easy. I do hope you get a chance to try this recipe. If you like the flavor of intense oranges, then this truly will be a treat for you.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Thanks Dora, I just did not feel good about letting those orange peels go to waste. This same recipe works on other citrus fruits as well. It would be fun to see what other foods this might work on.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Thank you Nithya Venkat. They truly are easy to make. I hope you enjoy them.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 03, 2021:

Thank you very much, Chitrangada Sharan, I have a lot of oranges, and seeing all the orange peels thrown away inspired me to try to do something tasty with them.

Pam Morris from Atlanta Georgia on February 03, 2021:

Marlene, I love the idea of repurposing food rather than throw it away. Especially now, with all going on, using food differently would make a difference. And I love the Candied Orange Peel recipes. Thank you for the handy idea and for sharing how it could be a delicious treat. I look forward to reading other Hubs.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 03, 2021:

I will pass this on to Bev. She's the orange-eater in this small family. :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 03, 2021:

In Croatia this is a tradition and women do this to sell to tourists.It is one of the best selling treats when in season.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 03, 2021:

Wow! I like this recipe and sounds tasty. A treat of candied orange peel is easy to make and would like to try.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 03, 2021:

Thanks for sharing your creative venture. Looks good, and worth a try. Why waste the orange peels? Maybe there's an idea here for candied other foods.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 03, 2021:

Delicious and easy to make. I will try this, thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2021:

This looks delicious and easy to make. I like the idea of using the orange peels, since they are rich in nutrition too. Children love sweet food and they would love it.

I have used orange peels in cakes, jams and some Indian sweets. It would be fun to try your recipe.

Thanks for sharing all those helpful tips.

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