At some point, Eyal decided that whenever either of us got sick, the non-sick-party would make the sick-party homemade chicken soup and fresh squeezed orange juice. A couple weeks ago, I had a sore throat and stayed home from work, so Eyal went out to buy a juicer and oranges!! We fully utilized each and every part of the oranges, resulting in the following amazing foods with a happy side-effect of no waste :)
Start with a 5lb bag of navel oranges and a 5lb bag of mandarin oranges (these can also be tangerines or clementines). Make juice, bread, and candy :)
Use a juicer to get all the juice from the navel oranges and mandarin oranges. The mandarin orange juice is key because it sweetens the orange juice. SAVE the pulp and peels.
2 cups flour
2/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup butter
All of the orange pulp from squeezing the juice.
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all of the above. Bake for 40 min.
4 cups sugar (it’s candy, what do you expect??)
1+1/2 cups water
As many of the peels from above as you want.
Cut the peels into strips. Blanch the peels 3 times. Drain and remove from pot. Add the sugar and water to the pot. Let that simmer for 8 minutes (the sugar will have completely dissolved and the liquid will be clear). Add peels. Simmer the peels for 45 minutes (they may turn translucent). Drain, roll in sugar, cool. Cool??
You can also save the sugar syrup from the candied orange peels to use in tea. We use Lipton’s black tea with a couple teaspoons of the sugar syrup and it’s amazing!!