How to dry orange peels in the oven

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How to dry orange peels in the oven
Orange peel has a natural citrus flavour. (Orange Peel image by styf from Fotolia.com)

Don't just throw your orange peels away: Dry them instead! Dried orange peels make a fragrant addition to desserts, tea mixes and potpourri. The dehydration process concentrates the citrus flavour and scent, making a crumbled peel an excellent substitute for citrus extract or citrus oil.

You can dry orange peel in less than a day using your oven -- no food dehydrator required. After they are dried, you can crush the peels in a plastic bag and store them in an airtight container until you need them.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Orange
  • Paring knife
  • Cutting board
  • Non-stick baking tray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 93.3 degrees C.

  2. 2

    Score the orange lightly with the paring knife to make a slit. Slide your thumb into the slit and peel the orange.

  3. 3

    Scrape the white pith from the back of the orange peel. The pith impedes the drying process and dilutes the citrus flavour.

  4. 4

    Slice the peel into strips that are about half an inch wide.

  5. 5

    Lay the peels in a single layer on the baking tray, with the outer layer facing down.

  6. 6

    Let the peels dry for about three to four hours, checking every 15 minutes to make sure they don't burn.

  7. 7

    Turn off the oven and let the peels finish drying overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Dip the peels in sugar water before drying to make a tasty candy snack.

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