Once you make your own candied orange peel, you kick the bought stuff to the curb, for good. The recipe is easy, and so are the instructions. You just need a little bit time and plan ahead before using the peel in a recipe. I had never thought about making my own candied orange peel until this year. I’ll admit it was because of habit – I would just add it to my grocery list and think nothing of it. This year was different. I had made candied lemon rind years ago and thought, “‘why not make candied orange peel?” So here we go – simple and lovely, Homemade Candied Orange Peel recipe!
Only 3 main ingredients!
Make a simple syrup, add some freshly squeezed orange juice, the peel and let it do its thing. After a few hours drying time, the candied orange peel is ready to use!
- 3 navel oranges, peeled with rind
- ⅔ cup water
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ¾ cup sugar
- Rinse oranges well
- Cut ends off oranges, then peel the orange using a peeler making sure you get the rind and the pith. Squeeze ¼ cup of orange juice out of one of the oranges and wrap the others with wrap for later use,
- Cut the peel into thin strips julienne-style about ¼" wide.
- Place orange peels In a large sauce pan, and add water just to cover the peels (about 2 cups)
- Bring to a boil, then drain and repeat, 2 more times. This process helps rid the peel of bitterness.
- In a medium pot add water and orange juice and whisk in sugar. Whisking frequently, to dissolve sugar, bring the mixture to a simmer, and let it cook for about 8 minutes.
- Add orange peel and resist the urge to stir the mixture - just gently add the oranges, making sure they are covered in the liquid, by gently swirling pot and let science take over. (If you stir the mixture at this point, it'll cause crystallization).
- Let the orange peels cook, over 'simmer' heat, and adjust the heat to maintain a simmer, for about an hour, or until translucent.
- Remove from stove and Drain the peels and place them on a drying rack to dry for 3-4 hours. I ended up with about a teaspoon of syrup. Store in an airtight container for future use.