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#1 of 7 Old 11-18-2009, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
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Got any recipes using oranges?

I'm planning on making candied orange peel to use in a fruitcake recipe. What can I do with all the oranges I'll have to use aside from eating them fresh or as juice?

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You can make an amazing, easy dessert by tossing slices of orange with Grand Marnier and serving it with ice cream. Not kid friendly, obviously, but really good.
I've also made a carrot-orange soup that was really good.

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You can cook them with whatever other fruits are handy/cheap and then freeze whatever portion you don't want to eat within the next week. Oranges are acidic, so I recommend combining them with some plainer fruits like apples and bananas. Cooked mixed fruit is a great way to use up any pieces of fruit that are past their prime or that somebody took a few bites from and then lost interest. Remove moldy parts and cores, but edible peels can be left on, and parts that are so mushy you wouldn't eat them raw will be just fine when they're cooked. Cut fruit into small chunks. Put in a pot over medium heat. If it seems dry, add a little juice or water. Season with cinnamon, ginger, and maybe a little salt. Taste it and adjust seasoning accordingly; it may need some added sugar or honey. When juice starts to bubble, reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes or until it turns into a nice saucy stuff. Cook with lid on if fruit is very dry or you want a very liquid sauce; otherwise, let the juice boil off for more intense flavor.

We like to eat this with O's cereal and plain yogurt. It also can be used as a topping for ice cream or oatmeal or pancakes, or eaten by itself, or used in a pie or crumble.

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You could make orange marmalade.

I haven't tried it but since I have a bunch of oranges on my tree that will be ripe next month or I plan on juicing the ones I don't use right away and freezing it for use later on in recipes.
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How much candied orange peel do you need? I made some a few months ago and i think i used 4 lg oranges and wound up with several cups of candied peel. That's not too many to just eat. Although I also used the juice to candy them.

If you have an excess of oranges though, I've seen a recipe for poached oranges, and one for orange pie. Both were pointed out to me when I asked the question of what to do with tons of oranges last winter. Let me know if you want them and I'll dig them up.

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My grocery store sells a mix in for making homemade orange julius "type" drinks. I can't remember the name, though.. I put orange slices in gelatin. You can cover orange slices in chocolate for a gift (dip halfway in).
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