How to Make Candied Citrus Peel
Save those unused rinds!
Countless times I've tossed away the peel after eating an orange not realizing there is a delicious alternative use for it. When it comes to fruit, what we typically think of as trash (or, hopefully, compost) actually has a second life: candy!
Those vibrant citrus peels can be transformed into sweet, bright little bursts of flavor that make an excellent addition to cookies, scones, and cakes. Not to mention, they're delightful treats when eaten on their own.
If you can boil water, you can candy citrus peel. It's just about that simple!
What is candied citrus peel?
Candied citrus peels have been transformed from bitter, astringent rinds to soft, sweet candies by simmering in a simple syrup. Blanching the peels by submerging them in boiling water for a short period of time removes their bitter taste, making them easier to eat on their own.
You can candy just about any type of citrus peel — lemon, grapefruit, pomelo, kumquat — although oranges are the most common. Typically fruits with thicker peels make the best options for candying, as thinner skinned fruits like clementines can sometimes become tough after boiling. And if possible, start with organic or locally grown citrus, as fruits that have been sprayed with chemicals can have an unpleasant residual taste.