Let me show you how easy and simple it is to make candied lemon peels. They are perfect for snacking and for your holiday baking.
They say when life gives you lemons … you make candied lemon peel.
Well, maybe not but you might as well!
Most often, we just throw the lemon or orange peels out. Did you know that they are not only edible but actually healthy?
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Our grandmothers knew how to be frugal and they could not afford to throw anything away that was good and edible.
Therefore, you can find recipes for candied citrus peels in old cookbooks. Mine is German (where it is called Zitronat or Sukkade):
Actually, this recipe works for lemon peel, orange peel, and grapefruit peel. For the latter, you want to cut more of the bitter white away.
You really only need 3 ingredients for this easy recipe:
- citrus (lemons, oranges, or grapefruit)
- organic sugar
How to make candied lemon peel
1. Wash your lemons
Even though we get our lemons from our garden and they are organic, I still like to wash them thoroughly under running water.
2. Score the lemons
With a sharp knife, score the lemons from the top to the bottom.
3. Peel the lemons
With your hands, gently pull the peel off your lemons.
4. Cut the lemon peel pieces into thin strips
Again with your sharp knife cut the lemon peel pieces in thin strips.
5. Place the lemon peel strips in a sauce pot
Place all the lemon peels in a medium-heavy sauce pot.
6. Boil the lemon peels
Cover the lemon peels with cold water and over medium heat, bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes.
7. Drain and repeat 2 more times
After you have boiled the peels for about 10 minutes, drain the water and repeat this process two more times.
8. Add sugar
To the drained lemon peels, add 2 cups of sugar.
9. Add water
To the lemon peels and sugar, add 2 cups of water.
10. Boil and simmer
With the sugar and water, bring the lemon peels to a boil. Then simmer for about 1 hour.
11. Drain and dry the lemon peels
With a slotted spoon, transfer the boiled lemon peels to a drying rack and let them drain. Dry the lemon peels for about 24 hours.
12. Optional: save the sugar water
You may be even more frugal and save the water from boiling the lemon peels. You could use this for lemonades or cocktails.
How to use candied lemon peels
You might be surprised at how delicious these candied lemon peels are. Place them in a pretty jar and put them out for snacking.
Candied Lemon Peel
- 3-5 big lemons
- 2 cups organic sugar
- 2+ cups water
- Wash lemons thoroughly.
- With a sharp knife score the lemons from the top to the bottom.
- Gently pull the peel away from the lemons with your hands.
- Cut the peels in thin strips and place them in a medium sauce pot.
- Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes.
- Drain the water and repeat this process 2 more times.
- To the drained lemon peels add 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water.
- Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Simmer the lemon peels for about 1 hour.
- With a slotted spoon, transfer the lemon peels to a drying rack. Let them drain and dry for about 24 hours.
- use the candied lemon peels for snacking, in your favorite recipe, or to decorate cocktail glasses
- you can use the same method for orange peels