Every time you peel oranges, you most often throw away a very valuable product – orange peel. Well, today we will give you a unique recipe for curled orange peel preserve which is bright, colorful, sweet, syrupy and really delicious!
Probably few people do not like oranges. This juicy fruit is associated with the sun, and is present in almost every home. We enjoy the taste and aroma not only of its flesh, orange zest is added to various baked goods and other dishes. However, many people do not even realize that orange peel is a treasure. It has many benefits and we have told you how to use it in many different ways.
Every part of oranges, even the peel, has beneficial properties for health, beauty or as a natural cleaner. The peel is the layer of fiber that covers the fruit. It contains more fiber than pulp and has anti-inflammatory effects and can improve digestive functions, prevent gastrointestinal problems, etc. Even the smell of oranges is beneficial to health – in particular, citrus scents are often associated with calming and relaxing effects. Specifically, the scent of orange essential oils helps reduce anxiety and creates a positive mood.
Curled orange peel preserve recipe – make the most of the citrus fruits
Orange marmalade, orange curd, candied orange peels, orange peel-infused olive oil, orange peel cakes, orange peel preserve, gelatin orange wedges – there are many clever ways to use the peel of the fruit. Homemade curled orange peel preserve can be the perfect addition to your weekend brunch table or you can impress your guests serving it as a sweet treat alongside coffee or as an ice cream topping, for example. This unique orange peel preserve can be a great gift as well. Imagine if someone presents you delicious candied orange fruits in sweet syrup? You definitely won’t mind, will you?
Those of you who re-use orange peel are aware that the fruits are often treated with chemicals or coated with wax. It is very important to wash the oranges with warm water and sponge prior cooking.
Homemade curled orange peel preserve recipe and instructions
- 6 oranges
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 2 1/2 cups of sugar
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Wash the oranges under running water then scald with boiling water and wipe dry with paper towels.
Cut the peel in several places and carefully remove it from the fruit pulp. Cut into 1 cm (1/2 inch) strips. Cut off the white flesh from the inside.
Take a length of kitchen string and thread it onto a largish needle. Tie a knot at the end of the string, then start curling each piece of orange skin into a tight coil, threading them onto the string with the needle. Tie off the end with another knot. Optionally, you can secure each spiral with a toothpick.
Place the orange peel spirals in a suitable pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. After the specified time, drain the hot water, pour cold water again, bring to a boil and boil for another 20 minutes.
Transfer orange curls to a colander and drain.
Prepare the sugar syrup. Dissolve sugar in a saucepan with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Put orange peel spirals in the sugar syrup. If you are afraid that the spirals will unwind, then it is better not to remove them from the thread. Boil over medium heat for 30 minutes until syrup thickens.
Add the lemon juice and after 2 minutes, remove from heat.
Allow the preserve to cool slightly, in the meantime prepare jars for it.
Remove the spirals from the threads and arrange in the jars. Pour the remaining syrup in the jars.
The best way to store your orange peel preserve is by pouring it into sterilized glass jars (boil them in some water for a few minutes) and cover when it has cooled down completely. Store into the fridge for 6 to 8 months.