Cookin' and a'Codin': On not Throwing out Learning and Lemon Peels - Montana Webmaster

Cookin’ and a’Codin’: On not Throwing out Learning and Lemon Peels

What Can You Do with Citrus Peels?

After juicing the lemons, instead of throwing away the peels, cut them into strips and cut as much of the white pith and section skins off as possible. That leaves strips with mostly the zest and a little bit of white.

Boil the strips in a simple syrup, which is half water and half sugar for about 30 minutes. Pour the results into a bowl with a strainer. The bowl contains a lovely syrup and the strainer contains candied peels. After the peels have drained, spread them out on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Stir in some sugar. Let them dry out a few hours or overnight, depending on how chewy you want them.

It does take some work to preserve this resource.

What Can You Do with What you Learned Using an Old Technology like Dreamweaver?

Don’t waste what you learned in an old technology. Apply it to a new technology. Dreamweaver never did make the whole WYSIWYG thing work very well for websites. So, people generally ended up learning HTML and CSS. Definitely not a waste! Also, it was a great introduction for many people into the use of an IDE that can work with many technologies.

All Technologies Have a Life Cycle

A small layer of white left isn’t bad. But the pith is bitter, so getting rid of most of it helps the flavor.

  • There are technologies that fall out of favor because they are pretty awful. But, some of the awful ones pointed the way to better technologies. FrontPage.
  • There are technologies that fall out of favor because the technologies around them changed. But, they were the best tool available at the time.
  • There are technologies that aren’t appreciated for many years after they are developed: CSS

I try to start with 4+ lemons. If I don’t have enough to process the peels, I freeze them in a Ziplock bag and then make the syrup when I have more peels. Sometimes the peels in other recipes before they are candied!

.. and if you are just cutting up extra lemons to candy the peels, you get the juice too. I often put the juice in little 1/2 c containers and freeze them.

My lemon juicer is a pathetic tool. Besides an overall bad design, it’s too small to fit any of the lemons I buy. Silly me for not thinking that one through. So, the lemons are pretty beat up after they are juiced.

 

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