Candied Orange Peel
3 large navel oranges
2 C sugar
1. Peel your navel oranges, trying not to rip it up into too small of pieces. Making 4 incisions with a knife on the each side of the orange helps in this process.
2. With a small knife, remove as much of the white inside of the peel as possible. Try and leave only the orange portion remaining, and cut the peel into little strips-- it doesn't really matter the size. Use your own preference.
3. Bring a sauce pan full of water to a boil. Place the sliced peels in and boil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain the peels and run them under cold water. Place back in the pan, pour more water over them and bring back to a boil for another 10 minutes, and strain and shock once more. Repeat this entire process one more time.
4. In another pan, bring 2 cups of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. When all the sugar is dissolved add in the orange peel and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the orange peels and lay them out on a wire rack or parchment paper to dry for a few hours. You can reserve the liquid and use it as a flavoring agent for drinks or recipes, or use the oranges and this liquid to make a marmalade-- it is basically just an orange simple syrup and could also make a nice gift! Enjoy the orange peel itself on its own or to add some delicious uniqueness into other baked goods!
Orange Peel- anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial anti-carcinogenic, and in traditional Chinese medicine has been said to "reduce accumulation" -- "pressure from cramping, stool in the bowels, phlegm in the lungs and throat, or "too much blood energy" resulting in high blood pressure"