Thursday, January 28, 2010

What to do with excess citrus?

Citrus Syrup

Sometimes we get an excessive amount of citrus.
Right now the trees are bulging with Tangerines, Meyer Lemons and Oranges.
Here's what to do:  

Scrub the fruit thoroughly
Squeeze the juice into a large kettle (through a strainer to remove seeds)
Scrape the pulp out of the citrus skin 
Slice the skins into 1/4 inch slices and pop these into a plastic bag and put in the freezer
Put the kettle of juice on the stove over med high heat
Reduce the juice until it is syrupy
Pack in containers and freeze.

What you have is the most delicious tart-sweet citrus reduction on earth (no kidding)
Use it to make salad dressings, marinades, baste chicken, add to Asian-style stir fry, etc.
You'll figure out the rest.
As far as the skins go, save them in the freezer and you candy them later in the year when you are doing your holiday baking..(more about that in a later post).
Happy cooking!

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