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The perfect stir in for your next cup of tea! Segmented orange and grapefruit rind candied in a sugary honey syrup.
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE:
Citrus Rind: Citrus rind is really the star here. Tame it with a little honey and sugar. Citrus rind on its own is a little bitter. To combat that thinly slice the rind into thin strips the sugar and honey will take care of the rest.
Citrus: Orange and grapefruit are the flavoring for my tea jam. Originally made with yuzu i had to make an alternative. Use any citrus that would make a stir in for tea as all citrus rind is pack with amazing health benefits. Lemon, lime, pomelo even watermelon!
Sugar: White cane sugar and honey are the sweeteners for my tea jam. They develop nicely into a sticky goo that coats both fruit and rind. They also melt nicely in a warm cup of tea. Use your preferred sweeteners on hand. Agave, brown sugar, and coconut sugar all work well too.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST CANDIED CITRUS RIND TEA INFUSERS:
citrus rind benefits: citrus rind is completely underutilized and often times discarded. It contains more nutritional benefits than the flesh of the fruit itself. citrus rind is packed with vitamin c and calcium and filled with properties that reduce inflammation.
steady simmer: bringing the mixture to a boil will help dissolve the sugar. keeping it a steady simmer will help evaporate some of the water and also thicken the honey and sugar. coating the fruit and rind in syrup that will later dissolve into the tea.
segments: although we’ll be breaking down the fruit with a steady simmer a nice chunk of fruit can be a nice surprise. don’t completely pulverize the fruit prior to adding it into the pan make segments then slice the segments in half.
cool time: make sure when you pull the pan from the stove there is still a little liquid in the pan otherwise the sugar can crystalize and the final product wont melt into your tea.
proportions: there is such thing as too much rind so go easy. citrus rind is often discarded for a reason, its bitter. instead of using all the rind freeze and store it for your next batch or get creative with some diy projects. don’t worry about all the sugar these tea enhancers can make ten servings plus depending on your spoonful
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