Candied Orange Peel
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4-5 large, thick skinned oranges 3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup water ½ tsp. fresh grated ginger 3 cinnamon sticks 7-10 whole cloves ½ vanilla pod, split down middle or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Ingredients
  • 4-5 large, thick skinned oranges
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 7-10 whole cloves
  • ½ vanilla pod, split down middle or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Slice oranges about ¼" thick, use a paring knife to remove the pulp inside of each slice, leaving as much of the pith as you can.
  2. Cut each ring into 4-6 pieces depending on how long your want your candied peels.
  3. In order to rid your pith and peel of bitterness you have to blanch them several times-3 to be exact. This simply means boiling them in a water bath, then draining. Place all your peels in pan and cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes,drain, and repeat for a total of 3 times.
  4. Rinse pan well, set peels aside.
  5. Combine sugar, water, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla in pot and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and add peels back in, simmer for 75-90 minutes-until peels start to become translucent.
  7. Remove peels with a fork and place them on a cooling rack to drain and dry (with a piece of parchment beneath for easy clean up). I like to leave mine overnight.
  8. Don't toss out your syrup! Place it in a mason jar in the refrigerator and use it to drizzle over pound cake, sweeten your hot or sweet iced tea, or use it as a base for adult drinks- it has a wonderful flavor and will enhance many recipes.
  9. Toss peels in sugar to coat well. Spread them back out on cooling rack and allow them to dry a few more hours.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe by Premeditated Leftovers™ at https://premeditatedleftovers.com/candied-orange-peel/