candied grapefruit peel recipe
Recipe type: dessert
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  • 2 large organic grapefruits
  • 1 cup of sugar, plus more for dredging and storing
  • water
  1. Cut peel from grapefruits into about 1 cm strips leaving a bit of the white pith attached (scrape some of it off, but don't worry about being really clean about it).
  2. Place in a small saucepan; add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then drain. Do this two more times. (It helps decrease the bitterness of the final candy.)
  3. Bring peel, 1 cup sugar, and ½ cup water to a boil in same saucepan.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer until peel is translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Drain and transfer peel to a wire rack and allow to dry, 2 to 4 hours. Toss in more sugar and store in airtight container for weeks in a blanket of sugar. The sugar may moisten over time; no worries, just use it for sweetening tea or coffee after the candied peels are gone.
  6. I like eating these as an adjunct with something sweet or tannic. A peel is nice in a cup of tea, or a nice gift if dipped in tempered chocolate.
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