The first thing I did was eat an orange-so I washed one more! By the way, I highly recommend this step~product safety and all. I had my canning jars and lids prepped as well as the water bath canner rearing to go.
I then was grateful that I had read this post the other day. Thanks Canning Granny! While my 15 oranges were in the canner(7 pints). I had a few more things to do with the remaining five oranges as well as the skin.
I scraped off all of the white pithy part of the skins... kind of slow going so have something to watch. I watched the turkeys out the back window. The critters never cease to amaze me. I added several minutes to the canning time due to elevation of the farm.
I also peeled the remaining five oranges to prepare for the next part of the incredible orange day! I cut the skins(after removing the pithy part) into very thin slices(about 2 cups). I then cut up the 5 oranges into small pieces. I added 12 cups of water and then covered it and placed it in my pantry to rest for 12 hours. Tonight I will can 7 half pints of orange marmalade. Do not skip the step of letting the orange rest, as it makes all the difference.
As the marmalade is resting, take about 2 more cups of thinly sliced skin and place it in a canning jar. Add equal parts of water and vodka...yes vodka as this is how to make orange extract. I used this link. I will finish the orange extract in February and put into small jars then. But wait there is more!!
Take the peelings that you did not remove the pithy white part(once you had 4 cups of removed pith skins you can stop). Slice thinly and put on pans and warm in low heat oven at 175 F for a few hours. This will dry them and now you have a base to make a lovely potpourri. My own personal recipe of stovetop potpourri is orange slices, cinnamon sticks and water. In the morning it is so wonderful to turn the potpourri pan on and have the aromas of cinnamon~ orange sweetness.
Here is a recap of 20 oranges:
7 pints canned oranges
1 pint of orange extract(in a month)
7 half-pints of orange marmalade
1 pint of orange peels for potpourri
~and all the white pithy part went to the birds!!
Now do you see why the orange is so incredible! By the way you can make candied orange skin which is delicious!