Dried Orange Zest

After this last batch of Fresh Pressed Orange Juice I went ahead and dried all the zest from the oranges and ended up with a lovely little glass jar full of this fragrant orange dust.

It’s carries more of an essence of the oranges in it’s smell and taste and a brightness and playfulness with it’s color. I’ve been sprinkling it on everything from yogurt bowls to fresh salads to soups and even dropping it in a hot cup of tea.

I look forward to trying it with all kinds of citrus from lemons to grapefruits and limes and…

Here’s what to do (that is, if you don’t have a dehydrator).

Zest your fruits over a parchment lined baking tray

Spread and separate the zest out in to as thin a layer as you can. Just trying to avoid big lumps and clumps where you can.

Turn your oven on to it’s lowest heat setting and after it has preheated, turn it off.

Place the tray of zest in to your oven, shut the door and let sit for the next 6-8 hours. The zest will SLOWLY dry out and crisp up.

Place the zest in an airtight container and store with your spices.

 

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