|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 2-6 servings|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Sometimes a recipe calls for dried orange or lemon peel, and this can throw people for a loop.
While dried citrus peels are sold in markets and, more often, in natural food stores in some countries, in other places they are difficult to find. Don't despair -- the good news is that it's quite easy to make your own at home.
Be sure to use organically grown citrus fruit, with untreated, pesticide-free peels. Once your peels are thoroughly dried, you can either crumble them between your fingers or whirl them in a blender or spice grinder to form a fine powder.
You can also use them to make your own DIY cocktail bitters or homemade vermouth. Another idea: add them to a mulling spices mix for making aromatic hot mulled cider or mulled wine (vin brulé)! Homemade mulling spices would also make a great holiday gift.
- 2 oranges or lemons (organic), or any other citrus fruit such as tangerines, limes, grapefruit, pomelo, blood orange, bitter orange, etc.
Use a fine-bladed paring knife or vegetable peeler to trim away just the colored part of the skin, leaving the bitter white pith behind. Not only does the white part have a bitter flavor, but the peels will also take much longer to dry if the spongy white pith is still attached.
No-cook, hands-off method: Lay the strips on a plate (with the inside of the peels facing upwards) and let them dry at room temperature for 3 to 4 days, until they have shriveled and are no longer moist.
Speed method: If you are short on time, you can also dry them in a 200 F oven, spread on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, for about 25 to 30 minutes. The peels will curl up and turn stiff when they're dry.
Store the dried peel in a dark place, in a clean, airtight jar.