Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dehydrating Orange Peel ~ Orange Peel Powder

Our grocer is finally carrying organic oranges, so I have been saving the peels and dehydrating them.

This is a first for me.  I've never dehydrated the peels due to not having access to organic oranges.  My plan is to use them for recipes for now.  We use orange peel in our hot cranberry punch, and now that I am making more teas, I think it would be nice to have some on hand for tea making.

I plan. . .
to grind some of these into orange powder for homemade beauty products and for baking.  I could even sprinkle some ground orange powder over salads this summer. 

To dry these peels in my dehydrator, I used the "herb" setting, or 95°F.  I forgot to time it, but it didn't take too long.

I don't use potpourri around the house, but I may consider putting a pan of water on top of the wood stove and adding the peels (if we get an excess of peels).

In anticipation of warmer weather, I am collecting more iced tea recipes.  I can't wait to try a Orange-Earl Grey Iced tea recipe from Eating Well.  It uses orange peel.   

Another recipe for us to try - Orange Peel Tea


Debby Flowers said...

Hi Kristina! Totally off topic, but I have been wondering whatever happened with Orion, the one-horned goat? Does he still have just the one? If so, I will share that we had a good success with using the elastrator band dehorning method on our doe Daisy. So far they are not showing any sign of growing back. Hope you have a great day!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Debby, yes he still had the one horn, and thank you for the update. His other horn grows downward and needs cut often. I'll have to inquire about that method with our vet.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I've used orange peels in vinegar to make a spray cleaner-- hadn't thought of dehydrated powder -- for so many things!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Pat, I was super excited to finally see organic oranges.