Candied citrus peels are super easy to make and a great little snack. Also such a good way to use up your leftover citrus peels. I had grapefruit peels on hand, so that what I used but you could use any citrus, lemons, limes,oranges,etc. The peel of citrus fruits is packed with nutrients, vitamin C, Calcium and many antioxidants. Now you probably wouldn’t just eat the rind itself, but this is a easy way to get some of those nutrients, despite all the sugar!
Start by cutting the grapefruit into 4 sections, and scarping out the flesh, you can save that for another use like, Coconut Grapefruit Cooler! Once the flesh and the pith is removed, cut the peel into thing strips, or chunks if you want.
Using a stock pot, bring water to a boil, add the peels and boil for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the water and rinse off the peels. Place new water in your pot and bring to a boil once more, add the peels and boil again for 15 minutes. You can repeat this one more time if needed, I usually boil the peels 2-3 times.
Drain the peels and rinse them again, in the same pot add 1 cup of water and the 2 cups of sugar and cook slightly until dissolved. Add the cooked peels back in and simmer 45 minutes, stirring often, until the peels turn a translucent color. Using a slotted spoon lift the peels out of the pot allowing the syrup the drip off slightly, place into a bowl with more sugar and toss to coat. Evenly lay the peels out on a cooling rack and allow to cool 1-2 days! Bonus, your left with a wonderful citrus simple syrup you can save and use to flavor teas and cocktails!
- 3 Ruby Red Grapefruits
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- Fine granulated sugar for coating
- Cut each grapefruit into four sections, separate one corner of peel from flesh and use a spoon to pry out the fruit. Repeat with remaining quarters, save flesh for another use. Using a sharp knife, cut the the peels into long, thin strips.
- Boil the peels in a pot of water for 15 minutes. Drain the peels in a colander, rinse and then drain again. Discard the water from the pot.
- Fill the pot with new water, bring to a boil, and boil the peels for another 15 minutes. You may repeat this one more time if you feel necessary.
- Add fresh water and sugar to the pot and bring it to a boil. Boil it for a couple of minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Add the peels, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the peels become translucent.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove a few of the peels at a time and let the excess syrup drip off for a few seconds. Place the hot, wet peels in the bowl of sugar and toss to coat.
- Spread the candied citrus peels out on a wire rack to cool and dry completely, 1-2 days.
- Stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, the candied citrus peel will keep for at least a month.
- **Don't discard the syrup from your pot, it is a perfect citrus flavored simple syrup you can use in your tea, cocktails or any other use!!