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Candying buddha's hand -- to preboil + drain or not?

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Candying buddha's hand -- to preboil + drain or not?

bgbc | Nov 19, 2011 10:00 PM

I'm all set to candy a buddha's hand I bought this weekend but am seeing conflicting advice in online recipes about whether to boil and drain the chopped fruit before adding sugar. I do this when candying oranges and lemons, but I've never worked with buddha's hand before. But by all accounts its peel and white pith are not at all bitter -- so why would I boil and drain the chopped pieces before candying, and therefore throw away the oils that boil off in that process?

I'd be happy to just experiment and try either way but this fruit is damn expensive and I want to get it right the first time!

Thanks!

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