Pretty glass jars packed with candied peel make wonderful Christmas gifts.
Peels from 3 grapefruits, cut into large pieces
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Place grapefruit peels in a saucepan and cover them water. Bring to a boil over
medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, or
until the peels are soft.
Drain the peels; remove bitter white pith with a paring knife, leaving just the
skin. Slice the peel into thin strips.
In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar, the 1 cup water and corn syrup; bring to a boil
over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add the strips of peel. Cook the strips
until they become translucent, about 45 to 50 minutes, depending on their thickness.
Remove the strips with a slotted spoon, and drain them.
Sprinkle a thick layer of sugar onto a large plate.
Spoon the peel strips onto the sugar, and toss them with a fork to coat them
Transfer the strips to a large sheet of wax paper, and let them dry for about
1 to 2 hours.
Store the peel, covered, at room temperature. It will keep at least 2 weeks.