I love to make fresh squeezed orange juice. But I always feel a little bad when I see all those empty orange shells splayed out on the counter afterward.
And short of making my own little orange zest colony there is not a whole lot to do with orange peels. I don't compost-although it is a future goal. So anyway, I decided to try my hand at making orange candy. I adapted this recipe from the Smitten Kitchen.
First I separated the orange peels from any remaining orange guts and sliced them into thin strips. Then bring some water to a boil and blanch the orange peels for a couple of minutes. Remove them, rinse them off and repeat. This step is suppose to remove the bitterness from the peels, as well as open up their "pores" (which is important for the next step). Then I made a simple syrup solution in a medium sauce pan using 3 1/2 cups of water and 3 1/2 cups sugar. Dissolve the sugar completely and bring to a boil before adding the orange peels. Cover and allow to simmer for an hour (checking every now and again). Remove, pat dry with a paper towel and cover in raw and/or organic sugar.
These are pretty yummy, but still a little bit bitter. Not bad for a first batch but next time I will probably blanch them 3 times and let them simmer in the syrup for a little bit longer. I wonder if lemon peels would taste good candied like this?