Inflation has us all rethinking our spending habits, including our food budgets.

Zero waste cooking is not about eating scraps (however, some scraps can end up turning into tasty bits). It’s about stretching your food budget and throwing away less food. Even if you can’t obtain “zero waste” you can shoot for “lower waste”.

In Lieu of the Kitchen Garbage Bin

Candied citrus peels take a bit of time, but very little effort. Instead of chucking your citrus peels into the garbage, slice them into thin strips and try this simple recipe. I’m not going to fuss about the nutrition value of these, although they do provide fiber. They’re just a fun treat to have in your fridge. Candied orange peels add beauty and flavor to a cheese board, and can enhance a fancy cocktail. You could even top a beautiful cake with them. Plus, they’re simply yummy!

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Candied Citrus Peels

These edible garnishes are delicious and can elevate a cocktail, dessert, or cheese display.
Servings 8 servings
Author Rosanne Rust MS RDN,


  • Peel from one orange Or 2 lemons or 2 limes
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar divided


  • Slice citrus peel into thin strips.
  • Place them into a small saucepan, then fill it with about a cup of water.
  • Place pan on the stove, and heat to medium heat. As soon as it begins to boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar to pot, and stir until dissolved. Simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the burner.
  • Place waxed paper or a mat under a cooling rack on the counter. Using tongs, transfer citrus peels to the rack to drain. Let them sit for about 10 minutes
  • Add remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar to a small bowl. Transfer peels to the bowl and toss to coat.
  • Place peels back onto the rack and allow to dry for several hours. Alternately, you can place them on a rack and dehydrate in a low oven at 120 degree F.
  • Transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or freeze for 3 months.