How To Dry Lemon
We all kind of know how to dry lemon peel, but how many of us know how to dry lemon? Lemons can be sliced and dried. These dry slices can be used as garnish in drinks or even powdered and added to many a recipe. Let us see how to dry lemons…
Pick the Right Lemon for Drying
Picking the fruit is a very important step where drying is concerned. Only fresh and bruise free fruits dry to perfection and impart that special flavor. It is advisable to opt for organically grown lemons since the ones that are commercially grown might have chemicals and pesticides on their surface. These chemicals can get absorbed by the skin and may not be suitable for consumption. Select lemons that are yellow and ripe.
Steps to Dry Lemon
- Wash the lemons well and dry them on paper towels.
- Cut across the lemons and slice them to form thin rings.
- Set the heater to 6 marking and place the lemon slices on it.
- Dry for 2 hours until lemons slices are crisp.
- Make sure that the temperature is just right since lemon slices can become dark if the heat is high, low or if slices are dried for a longer time.
Dried lemon slices can be powdered in a grinder. If the ground lemon is sticky, dry again for another 2 or 3 hours and powder it in the grinder again.
Uses of Dry Lemon
Float dry lemon slices in water for a touch of class during dinner. The water would taste good and refreshing. The same can be done while backpacking or hiking. Just add the slices to your water bottle and enjoy lemon tasting water throughout. Powdered lemon can be added to season salads, dips, rubs, and salsa.
Dry lemons can be stored in your kitchen for use as and when desired.