How to make orange peel?

United States
January 22, 2007 2:57pm CST
I guess this is not a good topic for a lot of discussion but I really need help. I have tried google and yahoo with no success. I want to make home make orange peel instead of using a store bought jar. If you have ever done this please let me know how you did it. Do you have to dry the orange peel first? I grated the orange peel and then I put it on top of the over. Is that right. I hope there are some really good cooks out there that can help me. Thanks.
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@freak369 (4950)
• United States
14 Feb 07
A few helpful comments ... You can dry out the orange skins in the oven. Preheat it to about 250 degrees then turn it off. Put the skins on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven. After about 24 hours they should be completely dry. Do not turn the heat back on, the heat in there will start the drying process. You may want to look into zesting an orange for using in bread mixes. This leaves a smaller piece of peel to contend with and releases more of the flavor. Zesters are about two dollars or you can use the second smallest side on a four sided (towered) grater.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
This sounds good. I will give the oven a try. That might be faster than just drying them in the sun. Thanks for the tip.
@minerc (1373)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Here is the way we do it. I am not sure if this is what you are talking about or not. I have also included the recipe for Marmalad, my husband loves this. Before eating citrus fruit, peel the fruit with a potato peeler taking care not to take the white part (pith.) Spread on a plate and let dry for several days until brittle. Store in a covered jar. You can use the peels to flavor teas and sauces. You also can take one of the powerful handheld mixers and grind the peels into a powder which releases the fragrant oils. This can replace cooking extract and can be added to toppings, dusted lightly over cakes and custards and used when poaching fruits. You can also use the powdered peels in your potpourri to give your home a wonderful smell. Orange Marmalade Makes about 3 cups Ingredients: 3 large oranges 1 medium lemon 1-1/4 cups sugar 2 tbsp. powdered low-sugar fruit pectin Directions: With a vegetable peeler, pare bright color peel from one orange and the lemon; finely chop the peel and set aside. Remove and discard remaining white pith from orange and lemon. Pare and discard peel and pith of remaining 2 oranges. Slice lemon and oranges into 1/2-inch pieces. Insert bread pan into bread machine as directed for your Sunbeam breadmaker. Attach kneading blade. Add sugar, pectin and cut up fruit to the bread pan. Close breadmaker lid. Press Start/Stop pad. Allow ingredients to mix 5 minutes, scraping sides of the pan with rubber spatula once or twice during. Press Start/Stop pad, then press Select pad to choose Bake setting; press Start/Stop pad. When bread machine beeps and timer display reads, "0:00," press Start/Stop pad. Using pot holder or oven mitt, carefully remove bread pan from machine. Carefully pour jam into containers; cover. Refrigerate to set. Will keep in refrigerator about 2 weeks. * Please note: The delay timer should not be used for this recipe.
• United States
10 Feb 07
I have a walnut bread recipe that takes orange peel and since the cost for orange peel is over $3.00 for a small container I decied to make my own. My dad eats oranges like crazy. I took the peel and laid it in the sun. when the peel got hard. I hand graded it over a bowl so I could watch that I only got the orange peel and not the white. I them dried it again in the oven. Then I took a rolling pin and grinded the granuals down. I have not had a change to make the bread to see it this works yet. If the bread turns out good I will post. This way we can all save money.
• United States
23 Jan 07
I don't think you have to dry orange peel unless the recipe calls for it. I would say small pieces of orange peel is find. One that is organic pesticide free. If your recipe calls for dry orange peel this is how. Orange or lemon peels Take a number of organically grown oranges or lemons (which should have untreated, pesticide-free skins) and use a fine-blade paring knife to trim away just the colored part of the skin, leaving the bitter white part behind. Lay the strips skin-side down on a plate and let them dry at room temperature for 3-4 days, until they have shriveled and are no longer moist. Store the dried peel in a dark place, in a clean jar. To use, either crumble it or whirl it in a blender. You can use the powdered peel in place of extract in baking: in toppings, to flavor sugar-bowl sugar, in spice mixes (e.g. Lemon, pepper, rosemary and sage as a barbecue rub), and to flavor sauces of one kind and another.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Thanks I will give this a try. I make an orange walnut breat that takes two table spoons of orange peel and to buy a bottle of orange peel in the store it cost is over three dollars.
@olaff123 (434)
• Namibia
22 Jan 07
I really would like to know too. I was offered home made orange peel once, and the one end was dipped in bitter chocolate. It was delicious. Ever since I've been looking for a recipe, without much success.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
11 Aug 07
you can cut the oranges in quarters,cover with cold water,then bring to a boil and cook until soft.drain,remove white portion,and with scissors cut the rest into strips,boil 1/2 cup of sugar until syrup drops from tip of spoon,cook strips in syrup for 5 min,drain and coat with fine granulated sugar,you can do this with grape fruits too.i enjoy this.also since i love oranges we make cookies.i take a package of orange cake mix,1/2 cup of cooking oil,2 eggs,1 tabelspoon of grated orange peel,nuts. just combine all ingridients,mix well,shape them put them on cooking sheet.top with nuts and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes.