Candied Lemon Peels – Quick and Easy!
  • 4ea. Lemons
  • 2cups Granulated SugarPlus some extra for coating the peels
  • Cold WaterAbout 8 cups total
  1. Cut the lemons into slices about 1/4 inch thick, then cut those slices in half
  2. Remove the pulp from the slices
  3. Place the peels in saucepan, add cold water, and bring to a boil.
  4. Drain the peels, add more cold water and bring to a boil. Repeat this step one more time, for a total of 3 boils.
  5. Remove the drained peels from the saucepan and set them aside.
  6. Add the Sugar and two cups of fresh water to the sauce pan and bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the lemon peels and simmer until the pith (the white part) is translucent. (about 15 minutes, typically)
  8. Prepare a cookie sheet by placing a cooling rack inside.
  9. Remove the peels from the saucepan with tongs or something similar, placing them on the cooling rack in a single layer.
  10. Put in a 170 degree oven for 30 to 45 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool.
  12. Place a small amount of granulated sugar in a Ziplock bag, add the peels and shake to coat.
Recipe Notes

When I’m not using the peels right away, I just leave them in their ziplock bag with the sugar and store them in a cool, dry place.  Your refrigerator is not dry!  Don’t put them in the fridge –

If using different citrus, you may need to add to the initial “boils” to remove the bitterness or to reduce the number of boils if fruit is sweeter, like an orange.  Rule of thumb is 2 boils for oranges, 4 boils for grapefruit or limes.