Let’s get into the recipes proper now! This one is super simple and fun and a way to use up leftover bits from fruits peels. And its super tasty!
You will need!
- 4 large oranges, 3 grapefruit, or 6 lemons or limes, halved through stem ends
- 3 cups sugar, divided
- 2 tablespoons citric acid
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Sauce pan
- Wire rack
- Cookie sheet
Cut open the fruit and remove the flesh from them, being careful to not tear up the peel to much. It’s okay if you can’t remove all of the pith, that’s the white stuff that kinda..sticks to everything btw. Save flesh for another use, or just eat it as you work; cut peels into ¼” strips.
Get a large sauce pan and put 4 cups of water and the peels into it then bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Drain peels through a strainer and return the peels to the pan. Repeat the process twice more, using fresh water each time. Return peels to pan; add 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil and cook until peels are soft and translucent and vibrant looking, 30–40 minutes for orange peels , about 10 minutes longer for grapefruit, or 10 minutes less for lemons or limes. Drain and transfer peels to a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet; chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
Grab a medium and Whisk citric acid and remaining 1 cup sugar together. Add the peels then toss them in the mix toss to coat. Return to rack; let sit at room temperature 1 hour. Toss peels again in sugar mixture. Return to rack; let sit 4–12 hours to dry out.