Candied Orange Peel

Candied orange peel is delicious. I have never made it, but the Headmaster’s great grandmother used to make it for us, and we certainly ate it. Incidentally, she was in her 80’s, on a fixed income, lived in subsidized housing, and she could afford to make candied orange peel.
Here’s one recipe I found here:
Candied Orange Peel

For baking or nibbling

3 cups orange or grapefruit peels ( I think lemon peel would be good too)
12 cups cold water, divided
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar, (first amount)
1/2 cup honey
1 3/4 cups boiling water
1/3 cup granulated sugar (second amount)

Use 3 large oranges (3 1/4″ diameter) if you use medium size you may require 5 or 6 oranges. Wash oranges. With sharp pointed knife score skin into quarters. With your fingers remove peel. Do not scrape off white pith. On a board cut crosswise ( so strips are shorter) into 1/4″ wide strips. Measure 3 cups fairly firmly packed. Tip peel into a large pot. Add 6 cups of the cold water. Bring to a boil and boil uncovered 10 minutes. Drain through colander. Add another 6 cups of cold water, bring to a boil and boil again for 10 minutes. Drain through colander. ( This double boiling is to remove the bitter taste of the skins )
In a very large pot stir together the 2 1/2 cups sugar, honey and boiling water until sugar dissolves. Boil 1 minute. Add drained orange rind. Boil gently and steadily 65 minutes stirring frequently until peel is clear and syrup reduced to 1 cup.
Drain through colander over bowl about 10 minutes. In a dry large bowl sprinkle 1/3 cup sugar over peel and toss with fork until all pieces are coated. Spread out in single layer on wax paper to dry about 12 hours. Store in tightly covered containers.
NOTE: Leftover daily orange and grapefruit skins (or lemon) may be freezer-wrapped and frozen until you have accumulated enough for this batch.
Serve as a confection.
Chop into 1/4″ or smaller pieces for your baking needs. Note from DHM: In my most frugal of days I would have reused that drained water somehow. It probably would have gone to moisten the compost pile, to freshen up the bathroom (in a squirt bottle with a few drops of dish soap for cleaning, or to water plants, although I am not sure how healthy that would be for the plants.

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