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May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day
you're looking for something to do today then don't throw out that
orange peel because it's National Candied Orange Peel Day!
you can eat that too! But let's get right into celebrating
National Candied Orange Peel Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because with the addition of some
syrup, someone has found a way to use all those orange peels we've been
throwing out. It's a tasty little treat that can be eaten alone or
added to baked goods and people seem to love the stuff. In fact, that's
why today is a holiday; people love candied orange peels!
been making candied fruits for a long time, since the 14th century
actually, and it's not just orange peels that they candy. But today is
all about orange peels, so let's stay focused on them. But how do you
make a candied orange peel? Well, what you do is either add the orange
peels to heated, sugary syrup or boil them in the syrup.
then you keep drenching them in strong syrups that have more and more
sugar in them. Or some people just like to roll them in sugar after
they've simmered for a while in the syrup; this makes them even more
like candy! Eventually it'll encase the peels in the syrup
they'll become saturated with sugar, which preserves them and keeps
them from going bad. Then you just dry them off and you have a somewhat
natural candy that will last for quite some time. You can dry them
overnight or in your oven to speed things up. Curious enough
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you can go on a hunt to
find some pre-made candied orange peels if you like. Check your local
grocery store, candy store, bakeries or even online. Obviously online
you'll be able to find them but you might be able get instant
gratification by buying them locally. So look around, you may even find
some chocolate covered ones.
Or you can just look online for a
recipe and make some yourself. Just peel some oranges and get them
ready for some piping hot syrup. You can leave them in their regular
peeled form or you can slice them thin like a French fry or dice them.
Then you can see who makes the best and most candy-like orange peels.
And you can even dip them in random things when you're
to add to the candy aspect of things. It appears that chocolate is a
common thing to dip them in but go to your grocery store and look at
all the different types of "chips" you can melt down. There are milk
chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, mint
chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips and so on.
That will give you plenty of variety, so have fun figuring out which
melted goodness is the best to dip them in. Enjoy your day
never waste an orange peel again! ...OK, maybe just for today.