Any fresh fruit juice is welcome at home. Now a days, I make some fresh juice or milkshake every day for breakfast. On one such day, I made orange juice and I did not feel like throwing the fresh and bright orange peels. I remember my mom saying about a vethakuzhambu using these peels. But I wanted to try some candied peels. On searching the internet, I landed here and used her recipe. Do drop in her page to see some step by step pictures and for more candy recipes in her blog. Though it involves quite some time, its worth and tastes and smells much better than the store bought one.
- Peel from 3 oranges
- Sugar - 1 cup
Scrap the whit pith in the inner part of the peel using a spoon. I tried taking it out using a knife and I was tearing the peel in the process. I found the spoon works out better. Cut the peel into strips. Blanch the orange peel in hot water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt added to it for 10 minutes. Drain and blanch again in water without adding salt. Its blanched twice to remove the bitterness from the peel.
Heat water and sugar together. When the syrup starts boiling, add the blanched strips. Continue to cook on low flame, till the strips turn translucent. Its better you don't stir it very often,which lead to sugar crystallising. It took 20 minutes for me. Drain the peels and spread it on a plate to dry.
The left over orange flavored syrup can be used while making juices orr in fruit salad. You don't have much syrup left out and it gets used up faster too.