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Candied citrus peel

By Pielove, member

April 12th, 2009

The Opportunity: Peels left over from a breakfast grapefruit (pictured) and several lemons from a cocktail party featuring Aviations (gin, lemon juice, maraschino and creme de violette liqueuers).

The Solution: Candied peel.

One of the key insights I had recently about preserving is that pickling, jam-making, and even candying do not have to be major large-batch projects.  Indeed, they are often better as small-batch events that use up little tidbits.  Inspired by this challenge, I decided to try the small-batch microwave method for making candied peel; this method has been posted on egullet.  Simply, you strip and slice the peel, then extract the bitter compounds by microwaving it for 10 minutes in excess water in a 2-quart measuring cup.  This extraction is repeated a total of three times.  My peel was still a bit bitter, so I might add another round of extraction.  Then you make a syrup of 1c sugar and 1.5c water.  The peel is microwaved in the syrup for 3 rounds of 5 minutes, then sits for 30 minutes, then microwaved again for 3x 5 minutes.  Then you let it dry on a rack and sugar it up. 

Once I finish the lemon peels, I am going to make a sweet holiday bread with candied peel and brandied prunes.  Then I will accumulate peel for my annual fruitcake fest in November-- based on my tasting, the homemade stuff is much better than the purchased stuff.

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LisaWaddle writes: Pielove, you've got the right attitude. I often get defeated if I think of preserving as a project. Every little bit helps, as you've shown, and it's always worth it! Posted: 2:20 pm on April 24th

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