These are THE BEST example of making full use of your fruits! My family loves drinking oranges – but the peels, they always get thrown away! One day, I decided that I should do my part to avoid too much food wastage so this idea came to mind! Plus, I really enjoyed eating Candied Orange Peels as a child so this totally reminds me of HAPPINESS!
Sustainability efforts FTW too!
Funfact: did you know that orange peels contain a lot more vitamin c than the fruit itself?!
Here we go!
- Granulated Sugar
- Citric acid (I added 1 tsp to about 2 cups of sugar)
Just 3 simple ingredients that every household would have! The only tedious part is the cooking and the patience you need to have before you can finally EAT IT.
Remove top and bottom of orange pits and slice the orange into strips
Bring to boil, at least 3 times, by washing out the water and replacing with clean fresh water each time. This ensures that less bitterness of the orange remains.
Depending on how much water is able to cover the peels you have in your pot, I would add in sugar – approximately half the amount of your pot of water. Then let it simmer so the peels soak up the sugar syrup!
Allow the peels to sit in the syrup overnight. Patience is key!
Drain the syrup and dry the peels on a tray. Realised that sunlight dries it out better.
Coat with more sugar and enjoy!
For mine, I kept it a little more juicy because I wanted it to be like a orange gummy. But if you leave it out longer, it should probably become really dried up and eaten as dried fruits.
Going to be making more of these, I really love orange peel candies! The best thing about them is that you can store them for a really long time!
Word of caution: limit your intake because they are after all, full of sugar!