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Candied or Crystallized Citrus Fruit and Ginger

Candied or Crystallized Citrus Fruit and Ginger

These beautiful and flavorful confections make very festive homemade gifts. Those who like a low-fat diet tend to be particularly delighted with these fat-free taste sensations.

Candied Ginger
Mellow yet poignant, candied ginger is a holiday treat that is also renowned for soothing an upset stomach.

Ingredients
1/3 pound fresh ginger root
enough water to cover
1 cup Sucanat (the most whole, organic sugar)

Peel the ginger using a vegetable peeler, or scrape off the skin with a knife. Slice the ginger into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Julienne the slices if desired, or leave coin-shaped. Place the ginger in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the ginger is tender. Drain and cool.

Combine the ginger and sugar in a saucepan, with four tablespoons of water. Bring the mixture slowly to a full boil, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes (the ginger should become transparent, and the syrup almost boiled away), stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat, and using a slotted spoon, remove the ginger, toss it in a bowl with Sucanat to lightly coat, and place on a drying rack.

Candied Citrus
The tangy flavor of candied grapefruit peel is particularly unusual and good. A little bit of this candy goes a long way.

Ingredients
2 cups organic grapefruit, orange, lime or lemon peel
1/2 cup Sucanat (the most whole, organic sugar)
water

Combine the citrus peel and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture slowly to a full boil, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Repeat three to four times using fresh water each time. Remove the pan from the heat, and using a slotted spoon, remove the peels. Meanwhile, for each cup of peel make a syrup of 1/4 cup of water to 1/2 cup of sugar. Add peel and boil until all the syrup is absorbed and teh peel is transparent. Toss them in a bowl with Sucanat to lightly coat, and place on a drying rack.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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4:10AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Thanks for the info - will definitely give this a try!

2:41PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Sounds good,thanks for sharing

8:33PM PDT on May 15, 2013

I am understanding to cook the peels 3-4 times in different water
then use the sugar in more water to boil the peels till transparent!
Then coat in the sugar! So will try this! Thank You

1:00PM PDT on May 15, 2013

Wolę owoce świeże niż kandyzowane, za dużo cukru.

11:49AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

The recipe for candied peel says to boil until the sugar melts, pour off the water and do this three or more times.I don't think the author of the recipe meant for you to add to and throw out sugar with every boil? Very confusing. Also, will there be any orange flavor left in the peels after boiling it in fresh water three to five times?

2:06PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Thank you

7:06AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Ginger yes, citrus fruit no.

7:05AM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Citrus fruit are very unhealthy. :-(

12:59AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

2:24PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Thanks.

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