Orange Peels

300 pieces
27 hr

I like to peel citrus fruits. Oranges, grapefruit, pomelo, tangerine, yes to all. I like to peel it more than I enjoy eating it. So, instead of "wasting food" I make orange peels (or citrus fruit peels) quite often, and this is how I do it.

The most important ingredient of this recipe is the patient. It takes a lot of time when you are basically not needed. First, you cut the orange peels and place it all in a bowl. I like to use hot water at the beginning of the process. After a few hours you need to change the water to clean one, then I use tap water. By soaking it in water, the acidity leaves the peels.

After a long day of waiting, I can finally start. I replace the water with a fresh one and place it all in a pot/pan. I let it boil and change the water. Again. After a tasting session, I obliterate the water.

Once the peels have lost their acidity completely, thanks to the last two steps, it is time to add sugar. yum.

I semi-boil it until the sugar has transformed into a syrup.

And the peels have a nice transparent colour. Then I place it on a parchment baking paper and leave it be for an hour. Making sure no one is coming to taste it...

After the time has passed, I heat dark chocolate (sometimes mix it with milk to create a nice texture) and dip the peels in it.

Only then I can serve it.

Recipe details

  • 300  pieces
  • Prep time: 24 Hours Cook time: 3 Hours Total time: 27 hr
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Ingredients

Orange peels

  • 5-6 oranges
  • 1/2 litre water
  • 500 gram sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 100 gr dark chocolate (optional)
  • patient

Instructions

Preperations

cut the orange peels into thin slices (~5 mm)
soak in water for 24 hours to remove the acidity
If the water change colour- replace with clean water

Boiling

After at least 24 hours, boil the orange peels with clean water for 5-10 minutes
Repeat the first step three times and replace with clean water

Sugar-ing

Add 500 gr of sugar and 1/2 litre of water with lemon juice.
mix until the sugar has dissolved completely
lower the heat and leave on the stove for an hour
mix every 10-15 minutes
Remove from stove when the sugar has cured into syrup, and the peels have changed colour to a transparent-orange colour

Drying

lay all the peels on a parchment baking paper
leave next to a window to dry completely for 2 hours

Chocolate cover (optional)

Using a bane-Marie heat dark chocolate until melted completely
Dip the orange peel in the dark chocolate
put back on the parchment baking paper to dry
wait for 10 minutes for the chocolate to cure before serving

Tips

  • You can do it with up to three-days-old peels

Comments

  • Brenda Barrs Brenda Barrs on Jan 14, 2021

    Going to make these 👍🏻

  • Indre Koch Indre Koch on Jan 25, 2021

    My mother used to make these years ago, but after soaking she would take a paring knife and carefully cut away the pith on the back. She said that was what makes the peel bitter.

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