Friday, April 24, 2015

Drying lemons.....


If you like hot tea or cold tea with lemon...or lemon in your water then you may consider this as a quick way to have lemon in the house all the time.  What you will need a Dehydrator,sharp knive or madoline slicer.....you can dry in your oven but the dehydrator needs less attention.  You can find an effective one that will not break the bank.  


Slice your lemons thin trying to make them all the same size...layer them on to your dehydrator trays , turn it on and leave it....Check them in about 6 hours.  You do not want them black..or super hard however you want them dry..not sticky or playable...You may have to remove ready ones and leave others for a little longer.  IF you do not get the moisture out of them they will not store well.  
This is what they will look like.....I try to get Meyer lemons when available and reasonable.  They make great dried lemons...super sweet ...

You can eat these as they are and I have read where they can be rolled in sugar then dried for a lemon candied treat.  I like them in hot and cold tea as well as ice water. They will reconstitute some and impart a wonderful flavor ..and they are on the counter ready to go...no waste.  I even dried the ends to use to scent vinegar and rubbing alcohol that I clean with.  Give it a try  I think you will be pleasantly surprised......Sheryl.

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