Candied Ginger Orange Peels

The past few weeks have been crazy busy with work and school and I could tell my body was slowing down and I knew I was getting sick. So to help my immune system fight against germs I always try to keep my vitamin C intake pretty consistent but I felt the need to consume more oranges. Oranges are delicious, juicy and a great source of vitamin C. I just wish I could eat the whole thing (peel included!). Oh wait, I can!

So for this month's Recipe Redux, "In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps." I'm making candied ginger orange peels! A perfect snack or treat that uses up all the peels from my orange obsession for the past two weeks.

YUM and YES to celebrating Earth Day!

Candied Ginger Orange Peels

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange, washed
  • water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger

Directions:

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel from the orange in vertical strips. Or you can hand cut the orange peel into strips like it did (I don't like peelers AND they don't like me haha)
  2. In a small saucepan, add orange peels and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then drain. Repeat 2 more times by adding water, bring to a boil then drain. Remove peels from pan after third time.
  3. In same pan, add sugar and 1/2 cup water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the peels and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the peels are tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the peels and place in a bowl. Sprinkle and toss with ground ginger. On parchment paper or non-stick baking pan, lay out peels. Let cool completely, place in fridge and enjoy in 1-2 hours!
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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be