I mentioned in the last post that my wife got me a few books that got me back into the spirit of cooking and food projects. They are all great books, but “Put ’em Up!” is by far my favorite, and the one that we’ll likely use the most.
We stole a spagetti inside garlic bread from one of our friends last night. It turned out delicious, and for dessert Jamey made candied orange rind from Put ’em Up! They take a big of time. You have to boil them three separate times to get the bitterness (and chemicals) out.
After the initial boilings, you combine a lot of sugar, some vanilla and water to make a simple syrup, which you cook the rinds in for an hour. The smell is intoxicating, like an orange, vanilla cupcake factory.
After the cooking you let them dry out. By that time they’ve turned translucent. The recipe calls for letting them rest for 4 to 5 hours if you want to keep them for up to a month. After the rest you coat them in sugar to give them a crunch. They’re by no means a healthy snack, but they’re better than eating some processed junk.
We paired them with lemon Italian ice, and it was awesome.
Rinds of 6 oranges
4 cups of sugar plus 2 tbs
2 cups water
1 vanilla bean (or about 1/2 tbs vanilla extract)
Cut rinds into 1/4 inch strips. Cover with water and bring to boil, then drain. Repeat twice.
Combine sugar, water and vanilla, bring to boil, add rinds. Simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.
Dry on wax paper for 4-5 hours. Cover in remaining sugar. Store in an airtight container, if they make it that far.