Candied Citrus Peel

Candied Citrus Peel Recipe
Citrus is a great addition to many recipes, but what to do with the peels? One option is to make candied citrus peel, which can be used in recipes, as a garnish on desserts or drinks, or as a sweet snack. It’s important to use organic fruit here to avoid the pesticides and fungicides sprayed on conventional citrus.
3 organic citrus fruits, (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lime, lemon)
1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers® Brand Organic Cane Sugar, plus optional extra for coating
  1-2 cups water, divided

1. Wash the fruits to remove any dirt, then peel by cutting off each end then standing the fruit on cut end. Using a sharp knife, cut off the peel from top to bottom in strips. To minimize bitterness, try to limit the amount of pith (the white part) on the peel.

2. Cut the peels into strips: thin strips look great for garnish, and thicker strips (1/4”) are delicious coated with sugar as a candy.

3. Place citrus peel strips in a saucepan with 1 cup water and boil for 15 minutes. This will soften the peels and decrease bitterness. Drain and rinse the peels twice and set aside.

4. Add 1 cup fresh water and ½ cup sugar to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Once sugar is completely dissolved, reduce to simmer and add the citrus peels. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until peels are translucent and the liquid is syrupy.

5. Using a slotted spoon remove the peels. At this point you can toss in a small bowl with some sugar for coating or leave uncoated.

6. Place the coated or uncoated peels on a wire rack and allow to air dry for 1-2 days. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator or freezer.

Want Candied Citrus Wheels instead? Slice clean citrus fruit into wheels about ¼ - ½ inch wide and follow directions as above. Candied wheels make pretty cake toppers!

Serving Suggestions: Dip candied orange peel in chocolate. Keep the syrup and add to drinks. Decorate desserts like cakes, muffins, or quick breads. Chop and add into dessert recipes.

Note: If peels have hardened, they will soften while baking.