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Delicious Candied Orange Peel Recipe

This recipe for candied orange peel requires a couple of days for the peel to dry out properly so you will have to plan ahead if you want to make this. You can make as much as you want because candied orange peel keeps for a couple of months in the freezer.

This candied orange peel recipe makes a couple of cups so you can freeze some and either serve the rest as appetizers or use it to top other appetizers or just for decoration. You might like to use some candied orange peel to top a cream cheese on crackers appetizer or to garnish a dish of seafood. There are plenty of uses for this candied orange peel recipe, from using it to top a jello cheesecake to using it to add color and tang to a salad recipe. It is therefore worth making extra if you want to.

This simple candied orange peel recipe combines just three ingredients and the recipe itself is easy to follow. Candied orange peel can be considered one of our easy party appetizers although it is nearly always used as an ingredient in another dish or as a garnish, rather than being served by itself.

How to Make Candied Orange Peel
Summary: Learn how to make perfect candied orange peel. This versatile snack, appetizer, decoration or garnish is simple to make and really sweet and tasty.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Candied Appetizers
Serves: 6
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  • 2 oranges
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  1. Cut ¼ inch off the top and bottom of the oranges, and then cut the peel into 4 vertical pieces.
  2. Take each segment off, including the white pith.
  3. Cut the segments of peel into ¼ inch wide strips and cook them for 15 minutes in a pot of boiling water.
  4. Drain, rinse, and then drain them again.
  5. Bring 3 cups of water and 3 cups of sugar to a boil in a medium pan, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  6. Add the peel and bring it to the boil again.
  7. Turn the heat down and simmer until the peel is very soft.
  8. This will take about 45 minutes.
  9. Drain the peel, and then toss it with the rest of the sugar on a baking sheet, separating the strips.
  10. Lift the peel from the sugar and put it on a sheet of aluminum foil.
  11. Let it stand for a day or 2 until the coating is dry.
  12. Wrap the candied orange peel and freeze it for up to 2 months.

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Candied orange peel is not only colorful and attractive but it is also really flavorful. There are many uses for this. You can even serve it just as it is, if you want a simple appetizer. Try adding it to cream cheese smeared melba toasts or crackers for a colorful topping, or serve it with cheese and grapes. Citrus is also good with homemade pate so top your pate with some of these orange strips if you wish. Candied orange can be purchased but why buy it when making it yourself is this easy?

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