Dried orange peel is called for in recipes, potpourris, mulling spices and so much more. Drying your own orange peels is super simple and cost effective for when you can’t find it in your local grocery store.
What can you do with dried orange peels?
I use them in recipes such as mulling spices but they can also be added to a tea blend to bring bright flavors to your cup of tea. If your peels are super dried, you can pulse them in a food processor until they become orange peel powder. Often that is a hard to find ingredient and you can make it at home!
How long does dried orange peel last?
If you store your peels in an air tight container and store in a dark, cool, dry place, dried orange peels will last for up to 3 years. I don’t make a large batch more than once a year because it can last me that long. Just be sure that they are completely dried before storing.
How do you make dried orange peels?
- Remove the orange color and just a bit of the white pith from the orange with a vegetable peeler.
- Slice and dice the peel and spread it in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Air dry over night or follow the baking instructions below.
Can you use dried orange peel in place of orange zest?
Personally, I would not use dried orange peel in place of orange zest. Orange zest is fresh and full of orange oil where as dried orange peel is dried and crunchy. They are not interchangeable.
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- 6 Oranges
- Wash and dry oranges.
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove the orange color along with a bit of the white pith of the orange.
- Stack the peels on top of each other and slice into strips.
- Cut in the opposite direction to dice the peels.
- Sprinkle on a parchment paper lined baking pan.
- Bake at 250 in 15 minute increments until dried.
- Cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
The amount of dried orange peel will depend on how many oranges you use.
Be sure to stir the peels as the bake. Once every 15 minutes until dried.
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Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 11 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.