How to Make Dried Orange Peel

How to Make Dried Orange Peel

January 16, 2020 0 By

Knowing how to make dried orange peel is an undervalued talent. It easily lands you a stash of dehydrated citrus zest that can fancy up all manner of everyday cooking and baking, whether whole or ground, including tea, cocktails, sauces, rubs, and garnishes.

A pile of dried orange and lemon peels on a pewter plate.

Knowing how to make dried orange peel is both old-fashioned and frugal. Both admirable traits. Yet it imparts such a restaurant-worthy vibe to all manner of cooking and baking. And you make it simply by leaving strips of orange peel at room temperature. That’s it. Make a stash and keep the dried orange peel (or lemon) at your disposal for everyday cooking and baking.–Renee Schettler

How to Make Dried Orange Peel

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Scrub the citrus and pat it dry. Grab a vegetable peeler and remove the rind in strips, being careful to remove as little of the underlying bitter white pith as possible.

Place the strips of citrus rind in a single layer on a wire rack and forget about them at cool room temperature until completely dry to the touch, which can take a couple days or longer.

Once the citrus peel is dry to the touch, store the strips in a jar or other resealable container in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months. Originally published February 3, 2016.

What You Need To Know About Using Dried Orange Peel

  • How To Use Dried Orange Peel
  • In case you could use a little creative jumpstart for uses for your batch of dried orange peel, it lends a citrusy lilt to all manner of recipes savory and sweet, including…

    Toss a strip of dried orange zest or a slice of dried citrus into…
    A mug of freshly brewed black tea
    Soy- or herb-based marinades
    Barbecue sauces
    Simple tomato sauces
    Mulled wine or spiked cider
    Bourbon cocktails
    Seafood stews

    Pulverize dried orange zest and sprinkle it into…
    Spice or herb rubs for meat or seafood
    Granulated sugar destined for baking
    Simple syrup reserved for making lemonade, iced tea, and cocktails
    Sugar and use it tor rim a cocktail glass

  • How To Make Dried Orange Slices
  • To make dried citrus slices (we’re talking lemon, orange, grapefruit, or lime slices) as opposed to dried zest, cut the fruit no thicker than 1/4 inch and place it on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Shove in an oven heated to its lowest temperature with the fan on and the door slightly ajar. Flip the slices after about 2 hours and keep cooking, flipping the slices every 2 hours, until there’s no moisture left and the slices are dry to the touch yet still slightly pliable, a total of 4 to 9 hours. [Editor’s Note: The timing will vary rather dramatically depending on the thickness of the slices and the temperature of your oven.] Turn the oven off and let the slices cool in the oven with the door still slightly ajar. Store in a jar in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.

How to Make Dried Orange Peel Recipe © 2015 Meredith Kirton & Mandy Sinclair. Photo © 2015 Jeremy Simons. All rights reserved. All materials used with permission.

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