As soon as the vacation season passes by, my thoughts switches over to citrus season. Winter is when citrus fruit across the nation is at its prime. That is the time of yr once I make citrus curds, limoncello, infused alcohols with dried citrus slices, protect citrus in salt, make marmalades and dehydrate citrus slices.
My most popular technique for drying citrus is to dry it in my meals dehydrator. However it’s also possible to dry fruit in your house oven.
Dry time varies relying on the humidity the place you might be situated and the scale and thickness of your slices. However here’s a normal information to drying your individual citrus.
Yield: As a lot citrus as you’d prefer to dry
- Citrus of your selection—oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes
- Slicing board
- Sharp knife
- Meals dehydrator or oven (ideally with convection setting)
- Baking sheets and parchment paper (for oven solely)
- Jar for storage
Wash the citrus and take away any filth, wax or spray. Dry totally. If you happen to intend to prepare dinner or eat the dried citrus, go for natural fruit versus conventionally grown.
Trim off ends of fruit and slice fruit into 1/8- to 1/4-inch slices and take away seeds.
Lay fruit on dehydrator tray in a single layer (or a parchment paper lined baking sheet if utilizing oven), leaving area between every slice in order that they aren’t touching. Dry at 135 levels F if utilizing a meals dehydrator and at 175 to 200 levels F (relying on how low your oven will go) if utilizing an oven.
A meals dehydrator will take six to eight hours to dry, possibly longer if humid in your house. An oven will take three to 4 hours. It is strongly recommended to examine on the slices periodically and to even flip them sometimes although the drying course of to assist them alongside.
As soon as the citrus is dried totally, it should don’t have any indicators of moisture. The pores and skin needs to be powerful and crisp. The colours could have intensified.
Permit the citrus to utterly cool earlier than storing. Retailer in an hermetic, dry place. I preserve mine in a clamp jar within the pantry.
Set up fruit slices of like-size collectively on drying trays, since smaller slices will dry out ahead of bigger ones.
If fruit slices nonetheless appear cheesy after dry time, return to the dehydrator or oven and dry longer. Periodically examine on them in order that you don’t overcook them. Very humid atmospheres can take as much as 15 hours of drying time in a dehydrator.
Dried fruit for consuming lasts years if stored in dry, hermetic containers. If for décor, it might final a few years. I’ve had citrus fruit garlands hung for a number of years in our home and so they nonetheless look as contemporary as day one.
Makes use of for Dried Citrus
Use them to:
- Infuse soups and teas
- Infuse alcohol
- Grind right into a powder to make use of as a seasoning
- Make ornaments or garlands
- Cocktail garnishes
- Snack on of their dried kind
- Add to potpourri