Lemons to Lemonade — Martha's candied lemon zest

What to do with all the lemons from the giving tree today?

I juiced over 2 cups of lemon juice, and my hands are so soft I feel like it had a visit with Madge the manicurist!

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Now, what to do with all the leftover lemon rinds…

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Searching, I found Martha Stewart’s recipe for candied citrus peels and we’re starting there.

I only have lemons.

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Lots and lots of lemons.

Unfortunately I juiced them first, making them tougher to zest. Next time, zest first!

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Then, brought the water and zest to a boil….

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Look at that reserved water! I think I’ll use it to make lemon cleanser… That’s too delicious looking to throw away.

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This kitchen smells like lemon heaven…

Drying on an improvised rack… I’m wondering about the need for 15 min of drying time when these babies are just going back in a boiling, sugary bath… But I trust Martha…

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Now for the syrup…

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Now… Brined dried peel and syrup to boil for 8-ish minutes…

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All that sugary, lemony liquid? I wonder if the humming birds will like it?

Now… To reserve the sugar soaked candy peel…

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Spread out over a parchment with drain holes…

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Look how translucent and gorgeous!!!

Now for sugar sprinkles…

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Now… Wait for it to cool and crystallize… Lemon cranberry scones this afternoon!!!

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