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Welcome to Madre's Kitchen! I am so glad you visited my blog about cooking and all things healthy. I am a cook, not a chef. One of my hearts desires is to hit the road when disaster strikes and feed people a home cooked meal. First, however, I need a portable kitchen! Home cooked relief can bring healing on many levels. Since my breast cancer, food awareness has helped me to discover and apply a more healthy lifestyle for myself. It has taught me to promote better healing and health through treatments. I will be sharing that information here too. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Candied Citrus Peel

I got these gorgeous Naval oranges yesterday and decided to try and make candied orange peel.  My daughter is running track and thought it might be a healthier alternative to candy or sweet treat.  I looked online for a recipe and they were not that hard to make.  So here they are.  You can do them with lemons and limes too.  We have a lemon and lime tree so I can't wait to try them with our home grown.

Once you peel the orange take the pieces, score them and using a spoon scrape out the pithe to where you can see the dots from the outside peel.  Looks like this. Don't worry if you can't get it all just try to get it thin.

Cut the peel into 1/4 inch strips and place them in a saucepan and cover with water place on high heat.
Bring to a boil and drain 3X until peels are translucent.   Then whisk together in a saucepan sugar and water.  I used golden raw sugar mixed with regular granulated sugar.....mostly cause I ran out. 

Prepare cookie trays with parchment and drying rack.
Bring mixture to a boil reaching temp of 220 or above careful not to boil over which it will rise up so reduce the heat a bit, add peels and maintain a simmer for 45 mins.

Next you strain the syrup, save for tea or pancakes, roll slices in sugar (here I used the raw sugar) and let dry for a few hours.  Place in a bowl for after school snack or in snack bags to through in lunches.

I hope you will enjoy these as much as we are.  
Recipe link here from Food Network

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