Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 27- From a distance

Today is yet another holiday on the island, but this time is because the island is holding elections to change the way their leaders get elected, and since I wasn't born here I really have nothing to do with it... So instead I am home "chill-axing"!

Although I did decided to give our dog Sheba a very well needed bath, so I took this pictures of her once I finished and she was quietly getting dry in a corner of the back deck.

Sheba far, far away.... see her?



Sheba closer


There she is!
Also today in the morning I decided to make some delicious Orange Candied Peel, this is something that I used to eat as a kid as it's pretty popular in Costa Rica and a few months ago I happened to see a recipe on Pinterest that remind me of it although this time I did not follow any recipe and did them myself using my own measurements.

Last week I tried it with Grapefruit and today with just Oranges, both cases were delicious.

So, for my orange version I used

Peel off 4 medium orange skins

I would suggest you cut them in half and used them for juice, then take off all the rind (aka white part) with a big spoon. In my case today I just peel off each orange by cutting them in quarters (just the skin) and then used to spoon to take the rind off... Here are some photo of the process...

cut the skin and peel off slowly

skin off

take off the grind, be gentle and slowly to avoid ripping like mine
When all skins have the grind off... cut them in strips like these...


Now for the rest of the process... According to my calculation, use 1/2 cup of water for each orange and 1/4 cut of sugar for each orange (you do the math!), LOL!

Other recipes I've seen use a lot more water and then they end up with lots of liquid which you'll need to come up with some use for, or just dump it, mine most of the water is absorb so you should end up with pretty much none at the end.

In my case I used this type of sugar, because I am cool like that... In your case you can use any kind or be cool like me! ;)


Put the water with sugar to boil, once it's boiling quite a lot put the orange peel inside and let it boil from 20 to 25 minutes.

VERY IMPORTANT: You need to monitor the last 5 minutes because if it gets too thick the orange skins will start sticking and it gets hard to separate them.

It should go from looking like this...

To sort of this... Make sure to give it a few stirs during the whole time boiling!


Once those are done put regular sugar (I used about 1/2 cup) on wax paper and take the skins off the pot to coat them in regular refine white sugar... Or in the raw if you wanna be cool!



Pull on a cookie rack to dry (in my case about 1/2 hour) and they are good to go, enjoy!



Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

4 commented; now it's your turn!:

MarkD60 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Who knew orange peel could be turned into candy? A -MAZE -ING!
All photos are from a distance. A short distance or a long one....

Anna E said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks SOO yummy and delicious, must try that sometime!! But will have to wait till winter, since we don´t grow oranges in our cold country, and the best ones we get around Christmas time. But, luckily, Christmas is really at "a distance" right now ;-))

Happy Days said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sheba is quite the poser!! She is so cute! The orange peels look good. My sister made these a while back - they are yummy! ...pretty too!! ...debbie

Missy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That looks amazing! I'm definitely going to try this!

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