There’s always a bunch of pressure with gift giving during the holidays. It can be overwhelming! I like to make edible gifts for my friends & family each year because it works well with my budget and I get to flex my kitchen prowess.
You could go a step further and dip them in chocolate.
Using a pairing knife, make 6 slits along curve from top to bottom of each citrus fruit, cutting through peel but not into fruit. Using your fingers, gently remove peel. Reserve remainder of fruit for another use. Slice each piece of peel lengthwise into 1/4 inch wide strips. Trim excess pith from each strip, and discard.
Place strips in a large saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then drain. Repeat twice.
Bring sugar and 4 cups water to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved. Wash down sides of pan with a wet brush to prevent crystals from forming. Add strips to boiling syrup; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently, without stirring, until strips are translucent, about 1 hour. Remove from heat and let strips cool in syrup.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer strips to a wire placed in a rimmed baking sheet. Wipe off excess syrup with paper towels, then roll strips in sugar. Arrange in a single layer on a wire rack, and let dry for at least 24 hours. Sugar peels can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.
Take the citrus simple syrup and strain it into bottles. Instant citrus simple syrup! MORE GIFTS.
1. First thing’s first. We must boil the peels in water TWICE. Boil. Drain. Boil. This not only cleans the peels of any residue, it removes bitterness!
2. Now we simmer the peels in the simple syrup until the peels get all translucent.
3. Once they are cooled, drain them well with a paper towel and roll them in sugar.
4. Put them on a rimmed baking sheet. They need to harden. This process takes a day or two depending on the moisture in your house.
5. After 1 day, they’re hard. Not too hard! They won’t break your teeth-hard.
Package them up in jars or little boxes.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2021g)|
|Recipe Makes: Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 17 (2%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 1.9g||3 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.3g||2 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.5g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 73202.4mg||2524 %|
|Potassium 4130.1mg||109 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 184.7g||54 %|
|Dietary Fiber 43.1g||173 %|
|Sugars, other 141.5g|
|Protein 54.6g||78 %|
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Calories per serving: 890
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