Monday, October 31, 2011

Stop throwing away your orange peels!!

They're delicious, they do not belong in the garbage!


-Peel of 4 oranges, washed and cut in thick strips

(for the simple syrup:)
-2 c. sugar (I used brown)
-2 c. water

(for the covering)
-1 c. large-grain or coarse sugar (like that raw Hawaiian sugar)

First, boil the cut peels on the stove for 5-10 min. and strain. This is to get rid of the bitterness. (I like to drink the liquid with honey like tea).

Then, put the sugar and water together in a saucepot and bring to a boil. Turn to a simmer and add the orange peels.

And simmer. Aaaaand simmer. And continue to simmer, uncovered, until the peels become translucent and the syrup becomes thick with big bubbles, about 45 minutes to an hour.

Strain the peels from the sugar syrup (I save the syrup for pancakes and french toast, yum), and throw them all into a tupperware full of the coarse sugar and SHAKE until all the peels are separate and covered with sugar. Spread on plastic or wax paper and let cool, then eat eat eat.

This same recipe works wonderfully with slices of ginger too.

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