Friday, December 23, 2011

Oranges, Meyers Lemons, Limes, Oh My!!

I actually saw this idea off another blog I follow and fell in love! I am a novice when it comes to canning, preserving, dehydrating, and follow a number of blogs religiously. I happened upon one blog that suggested dehydrating citrus (Food in Jars), and when drinking water, toss one in. As the citrus rehydrates, it releases a gentle flavor into your water. Well...I am hooked. Meyers lemons are my absolute favorite, and you can only get them certain times of the year. My local grocery store currently has them on sale for $0.39 a lb and I felt like I won the lottery! Now mind you I don't have a huge dehydrator, but I do have two of them. My weapon of choice is the Nesco American Harvest Snackmaster Encore Dehydrator and I have had it for about 3 years now. One of these days I may decide to upgrade, but for now I adore it. It has served me well and is just perfect when I go to dehydrate tomatoes, fruit, etc. So with my huge score of Meyers lemons, I set out to dehydrate. I also got lucky with Limes. A previous post showed my dear hubs making me a key lime pie for my birthday. The recipe called for 1 cup of fresh lime juice, well, he ended up getting 14 limes, and only used 3. I also had oranges to use up so let's get to work!

Just slice the citrus the same width apart. You want them to finish drying as close to the same time as possible. Lay them out on your drying sheet and voila! Instant dry fruit that you can throw into your water.

I have actually been using them in recipes and will be posting a recipe later on today if it turns out good!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you and the job you've done on this website (not to mention my ever increasing waistline).


- Dave