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Candied Citrus Peel: Vegan

10:45 PM

Hi, happy Sunday! We missed you these past two weeks! Tanya's been working these crazy 15-hour days stage managing for a wonderfully successful children's theater and I, moderately bored and left to my own devices, have been decorating the house. Tomorrow's Monday already, the weather is supposed to be warm, and I think this will be a wonderful week.



We use fresh lemon a lot. We squeeze it into water and tea and over the top of dishes. We use the juice and then throw the rinds away. I'd feel better about it if we composted (eventually we'd like to!) but hey, here's a way more delicious solution. Any time it's possible to turn fruit into candy I'm all in.



For the sake of this recipe, we're going to talk in terms of lemons. Experiment, though–this technique is delicious for oranges, limes, and other citrus fruits.



Prep Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients:
2 lemons (we recommend organic–otherwise, you're eating chemical-soaked rinds!)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup sugar, or enough to coat your peels

1. Peel Your Fruit
The perfect tool for turning citrus rinds into delicate little peels is a channel knife–bartenders use this to make lemon twists (think, James Bond). You can purchase one on its own, or you can purchase a zester that includes one on the top. Otherwise, you can use a vegetable peeler or a kitchen knife. Try to avoid getting any pith, the white substance between the skin and the fruit, when you peel.

2. Blanche Your Peels
Put the peels in a pot and cover them, just barely, in cold water. Bring this to a boil. Once it's boiling, pour out the water. Repeat the process–add more cold water, bring it to a boil, and then pour it out. This removes some of the bitterness. Remove the peels and set aside.

3. Make A Simple Syrup
In your pot, combine 1 cup of sugar with 3/4 cup water. Turn the heat on to medium-high and stir while the syrup dissolves. Once it's completely dissolved, add the peels back in and bring it to a boil. Then turn it down to low and let it simmer for 45 minutes.

4. Sugar-Coat Your Peels
Take the peels out and lay them on a piece of parchment paper. Once they're cool enough to touch, toss them in sugar. Let them cool the rest of the way and enjoy!



You'll want to store these in an airtight container–glass jelly jars work perfectly. Be adventurous! Dip them in chocolate or white chocolate, garnish a dessert, chop them up and add them to a salad. After all, there's some sort of vitamins in there somewhere, right?



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