Tue, Aug 23, 2011
Every once in a while I get a terrible sweet tooth. When I do I don’t crave cookies or cakes or things like that. It usually has something to do with fruit. One of my favorites is orange peel candy. The ingredients are all things found in my pantry or garden. Candied orange peel is easy to make and is something that can be included in your food storage program, especially if you have access to oranges. I’ll just give the directions using a small amount of fruit, only one or two oranges. Peel your oranges. Cut the peel into lengthwise strips. Put them into a pot, cover them with water, bring the pot to a boil and simmer the orange peels until they are soft. Drain the water. If you left any white part on the peel cut it off at this time. You only want the orange part. Slice the peels into long narrow strips. Bring 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil (twice as much sugar as water). Add the orange peel strips. Simmer until the sugar syrup heats to 230 degrees. Remove the peels from the syrup. Don’t get rid of the syrup. We use it for pancakes and waffles but it can also be used when making lemonade or other drinks. Coat each peel in powdered sugar (like you are coating a chicken in bread crumbs). Lay the peels out on a baking sheet to cool. I store them in a mason jar with a piece of paper towel in it to make sure the moisture level doesn’t get too high. If you want to get really fancy you can melt some chocolate chips and dip the orange peel in the chocolate. This makes a great gift and will cure any sweet tooth attack you may get.
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