Orange peel edible

Orange lovers enjoy slices and juices but often forget that the orange peel is also edible. They may not taste as good as the insides, but orange peels are also packed with health benefits. Orange peels have extracts that are said to help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol levels and ease smoking addiction. There are several ways to make orange peels enjoyable as edible food items.

What you will need:

  • Large oranges
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate (for melting)
  • Drying rack or cookie sheet
  • Knife
  • Measuring cup
  • Small saucepan
  • Tongs

Procedure

1. Prepare the orange peels

  • Cut the oranges into quarter wedges using the knife.
  • Slice away the flesh from the orange peels and save for later or eat as you must.
  • Slice the peels into strips, making sure that you take away the pith from the peel.
  • Choose what you want to do with the peels from the steps below.

2. Candied orange peels

  • Measure 2 cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of water into the saucepan.
  • Bring the water to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the orange peels and reduce heat.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes until the peels are soft.
  • Remove peels using tongs and put the peels on the drying rack or cookie sheet.
  • Let the peels dry for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Roll the sticky peels in sugar until they are well-coated.

3. Chocolate orange peels

  • Melt the chocolate according to its specific package instructions.
  • Follow the steps for candied orange peels but instead of coating with sugar, coat with the melted chocolate.
  • Allow the coated orange peels to harden.

4. Orange peel seasoning

  • Lay the peels on the drying rack or cookie sheet and let them dry for a few days or toss them into the oven in low setting until they are crisp.
  • Use your choice of grinder or food processor to grind the dried peels.
  • Store the ground peels in jars or spice containers.
  • Ground orange peels work well with soups, braises, rice flavouring and even combined with other herbs.

Tips

  • Edible orange peels that are candied or coated in chocolate keep for a week to a month, depending on where you store it.
  • Orange peels turned to seasoning keeps for much longer.

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