Dehydrating Citrus: Lemons Limes Oranges

Lemons Limes Oranges = Citrus!

Ideal for Recipe Flavoring

Are you ready to get started dehydrating citrus? I bet they're probably not on the top of your dehydrating 'to do' list! Grab your cutting board and a really sharp knife.

I love this knife that Trisha Yearwood came out with. It hasn't got the orange grip (which is good, IMHO), because mine started oozing, ugh, so I got Trisha's knife to replace it (see below). Glad I did!

This Knife Makes Chopping & Slicing Easy!

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Citrus - Nothing to Pucker-Up About!

Sliced Oranges on Nesco Dehydrator

Dehydrating Citrus is So Easy!

Citrus are probably one of the easiest fruits to dehydrate. Sadly, not one of the most edible slices of fruit when dried, in my humble opinion!

Read on to see how easy it is to dehydrate citrus for use in recipes!

Citrus Nutrition Info.

cocktail with lime wedgePhoto Permission Camtasia 2018 for Susan Gast and Easy Food Dehydrating

lemons limes oranges

Limes are used very often in drinks and in the famous Key Lime Pie dessert! Limes contain good amounts of Vitamins A and C and contain Folate and Choline too.

Lemons have a high vitamin C content along with vitamin A, and in the mineral department they are high in Potassium and Calcium and also contain decent amounts of Magnesium and Phosphorus. In the mineral department Potassium, Calcium and Phosphorus are the leaders.

Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, plentiful vitamin A, and Folate. In the mineral department oranges score well in Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

All three citrus lemons limes oranges contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Lightweight And Brittle When Dehydrated

Dehydrated Oranges

Very Handy For Flavoring Baking!

When fully dehydrated, the dried oranges shown in the bowl were so lightweight! They make a really neat tinkling sound when tossed.

Let's not forget that these dehydrated citrus rinds can be great ground up to be used for flavorings and for baking!

If you remove the dehydrated rind and white pith, the dehydrated fruit centers make a tasty snack. The pith is the bitter tasting part of citrus.

Dehydrating Citrus ~ Easy!

  1. Wash the skins of your citrus fruits
  2. Slice the citrus into 3/8" thick slices and arrange on your food dehydrator trays
  3. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions). Drying time: between 2-12 hours.
  • Citrus is brittle when dried fully.
  • Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays for even drying.

Vacuum-Seal and Protect
Your Dehydrated Oranges

Vacuum-Sealed Dehydrated Oranges

This is what dehydrated oranges look like after they've been vacuum-sealed and wrapped in plastic wrap – ready to be stored away for long term storage.

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Lemons - Before and After Dehydrating :-)

Lemons before and after dehydrating

The Scent of Orange Blossoms: Love It, or Hate It?

Living in central Florida, we're lucky enough to have a few orange trees in our front yard.

But across the street are vast orange groves, and boy oh boy, can you ever smell the orange blossom scent when they're in full bloom!

To me, the orange blossom scent is one you either love, or hate! I'll leave you guessing which side of the citrus fence I'm on! :-)

If you want to know more about growing citrus in Florida, please visit Gardening Solutions/University of Florida.

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