What can I do with a basket full of grapefruit peels?

curlygrrlcurlygrrl Registered Users Posts: 14
I made fresh grapefruit juice this morning. icon_smile.gif

Is there anything interesting I can do with all these grapefruit peels, other than compost them? They smell really good...


  • PoochiePoochie Registered Users Posts: 315 Curl Connoisseur
    My mother-in-law used to make these; they're really good!


    Peels from 3 grapefruits, cut into
    large pieces
    2 C. sugar
    1 C. water
    1/4 C. light corn syrup

    Place grapefruit peels in a saucepan and cover them water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until the peels are soft. Drain the peels; remove bitter white pith with a paring knife, leaving just the skin. Slice the peel into thin strips.

    In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar, the 1 cup water and corn syrup; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add the strips of peel. Cook the strips until they become translucent, about 45 to 50 minutes, depending on their thickness.

    Remove the strips with a slotted spoon, and drain them. Sprinkle a thick layer of sugar onto a large plate. Spoon the peel strips onto the sugar, and toss them with a fork to coat them evenly. Transfer the strips to a large sheet of wax paper, and let them dry for about 1 to 2 hours.

    Store the peel, covered, at room temperature. It will keep at least 2 weeks. Pretty glass jars packed with candied peel make wonderful Christmas gifts.
  • CurlyLaurenCurlyLauren Registered Users Posts: 18
    Mix them with herbs and flowers for potpourri.

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