Sunday, March 31, 2013

Drying Lemon Zest

This week I got nine beautiful, organic lemons in my Door to Door box.  I am not an organic freak but I do like the idea of eating stuff that hasn't been doused in chemicals.  With citrus, we peel it so I don't generally worry about getting organic.  I had them, though, and since these peels haven't had a chemical shower, I decided to zest them.

I got out my new zester (Thanks, Brian!) and took all the beautiful zest off from the lemons.
You can put this stuff on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet in the oven for a few hours at 200 degrees or you can put it in your dehydrator.  I wanted to go to bed so I opted for the dehydrator.

The house smelled wonderful when I woke up!

I put the dried zest into a container and it's ready for use.

We mix it with pepper and use it on chicken.  I also add it to my tea, put it in desserts, mix it with rice, add it to salad and use it in marinades.  It has a lot of uses!