Citrus peels make not only a sweet treat but can also be used as a great addition
in a homemade cleaner!
Truthfully I have a hard time tossing things in the garbage that are possible to reuse in making something else. I've had to curb the desire though as boat life doesn't lend itself to the storage of miscellaneous materials. The ones I couldn't give up I thought I'd share both here and in some future posts. I hope you enjoy and find them helpful!
Watching my kids peel oranges from a 25# box of oranges we had once it seemed to me that there must be something you could do with all those peels. At first I grated off the zest, drying it for later use in recipes, when I remembered that Grandma would candy her own orange peels for her holiday fruitcake. I tried out a small batch to find that it was easy and my kids loved them. I admit with the numerous “extra” ingredients put in candy these days it was nice to know what went into these. I've even tried grapefruit, lemons & limes which all came out equally good.
To Candy Orange Peels:
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan then add the sugar stirring until dissolved, then pour over the orange peels to just covered. Depending on how many peels you are processing, you may need to make a double batch of the sugar syrup. Simmer for 1-2 hours until the peels become translucent stirring occasionally. Strain the peels with a slotted spoon and lay to drain on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet beneath to catch any drips. I let them air dry for a couple days until they are no longer sticky and some have even sugared before I store in an airtight jar. I've had them keep anywhere from a month to years depending on their moisture content before mold will develop. If you are adventurous, for a special touch you could even dip them in dark chocolate!
General Orange Cleaner:
► For all you out there with marine heads... I did discover that spraying the bowl with a few squirts from the spray bottle after pumping out each use will keep the bowl from accumulating the nasty so quickly. While I wipe down the outside once a week, the bowl will go a month before I need to clean it. ◄