Instead of throwing away those lemon peels, make dried lemon peel powder. After all, those peels are packed with vitamin C and other nutrients that your precious body greatly benefits from. Moreover, there’s no extra cost, as you’d consume those lemons no matter what.
- First, wash the lemon(s) carefully and then pat them dry with kitchen paper.
- Next, cut lemon(s) in half and squeeze out the juice. You could also use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest, but it’d be more difficult to get the juice out of the lemon(s).
- Now, halve the 2 pieces of peels, so that you’d get quarters. Remove the inner layer along with some of the white pith (this is the only part the goes wasted).
- Then, using kitchen scissors cut the peels into thin strips and the strips into small cubes. I recommend doing this to spare your processor or grinder (not necessary if you have a badass blender).
- Leave them to dry out completely. You may use your oven or dehydrator. Alternatively let them dry on kitchen counter or on a windowsill in the sun. It’ll take about 36-48 hours at room temperature. As I dry small quantities, I put them on a plate. Once they’re completely dry, I transfer the pieces into a glass jar. Should you dehydrate a bigger batch, feel free to toss them onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Once the peels are completely dry (and you have gathered enough peels), transfer them into blender or spice grinder and process until fine.
- Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight. I store mine in a glass jar in the fridge.
I repeat it once again – gather the peels of the lemons you actually use every day, dry them, and store the dried peels in a glass jar in fridge. Once you have enough, grind them into powder.
A heaped teaspoon has 35mg vitamin C, 4mg magnesium, 3.2mg phosphorus, 43.6mg potassium, 36.4mg calcium, 3.6μg folate, 13.6IU vitamin A.
- Method: Drying
- Serving Size: 5g, a heaped teaspoon
- Calories: 12.7 kcal
- Sodium: 1.8g
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 4.5g
- Fiber: 2.7g
- Protein: 0.5g
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