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.
Preheat your oven to 93.3 degrees C.
Score the orange lightly with the paring knife to make a slit. Slide your thumb into the slit and peel the orange.
Scrape the white pith from the back of the orange peel. The pith impedes the drying process and dilutes the citrus flavour.
Slice the peel into strips that are about half an inch wide.
Lay the peels in a single layer on the baking tray, with the outer layer facing down.
Let the peels dry for about three to four hours, checking every 15 minutes to make sure they don't burn.
Turn off the oven and let the peels finish drying overnight.
Dip the peels in sugar water before drying to make a tasty candy snack.
Tips and warnings
- Dip the peels in sugar water before drying to make a tasty candy snack.