Shredded, pulped, and peeled

There is no sight more promising than a table full of veggies …

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Last week, I inaugurated my brand new slow cooker by sort of following this recipe for ropa vieja. I enlisted Erik to do the yucky raw meat part of the preparation …

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… while I went to work on the broth:

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Erik also helped me chop the rainbow of veggies that we decided to throw in for fun. And then he went to sleep.

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I combined everything in the pot …

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… and set my alarm for 4:30 am so that I could get up and remove the meat …

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… shred it …

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… and then return it to the pot for another couple hours to marinate:

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Can you guess what I had for lunch the next day??

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It was sooooooo delicious … comparable to the meat that my coworker Belkis makes.

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(Clearly, I’m almost an authentic Latin American chef!)

The next day, I embellished the stew with some spiralized zucchini:

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Mmmmmmm. I rarely cook with meat, so I get really excited when it actually works!

I also made some fresh orange juice with this new addition …

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… and then I obviously ate all the pulp:

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I hadn’t made fresh orange juice since I was probably five years old. This was incredible!

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I also went crazy and finally purchased one of these giant pomelos that I had been admiring at the market:

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Since it was so huge, I planned to eat it 1/4 at a time for a little snack …

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… but it was ALL flesh in there!

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Obviously, I had to eat the whole thing since it was so small 😛

I was left with a big pile of peel and no idea what to do, so I started some googling and found that pomelo peel is excellent candied! I loosely followed the recipe I found (which I can’t locate now) and chopped the peel into 1-inch chunks:

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And boiled it in fresh water three times to remove the bitterness:

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And squeezed the peels between two cutting boards to remove as much of the moisture as possible:

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I ended up with about three cups of peel:

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The recipe called for 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of water per cup of peel. I improvised here thanks to this jar that’s been waiting for a job:

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I probably used under 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water, and the last 1/2 cup of the key lime jam that Wife brought for me when she visited last year:

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I whisked everything together in a saucepan over low heat until it was melted and reduced:

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Next, I mixed the peel into the syrup until every piece was coated and then arranged it on a foiled cookie sheet to dehydrate in the oven for a couple hours:

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I pulled the “candy” out of the oven while it was still a little bit wet …

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… so that I could roll it in this:

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And voila! Candied pomelo peel:

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And super green fingers!

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So sure, the peel still tasted like peel a little bit and I’m the only one who is going to eat it … but I still think it is pretty cool that I turned trash into candy 😀

Have you done anything creative with trash lately?

5 thoughts on “Shredded, pulped, and peeled

  1. verbalriot says:

    Mmmm…..that slow cooker business…when are you inviting me over for dinner? 🙂

    P.S. Every time I see that poster in the background, I get really happy. I bought a calendar by the same artist and it’s great!

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