Dry lemon zest at home!
I LOVE the fragrance of lemon in any version! I remember the lemon trees in our garden in my hometown, they would bring you a great enthusiasm and fill you with complete happiness when they wore the blanket of scented white blossoms. If you have never seen a lemon tree and smelt its flowers, you’ve missed a lot!
Drying lemon zest could have a similar effect in your kitchen. It is very easy to dry lemon zest at home. When you squeeze lemon for a dish, don’t waste the zest. Put them aside on a plate and wait for 2-3 days. You will see they start to dry and to curve on edges. Put them in oven and cook at 100C until golden. and pound them in a mortar until powder or the size you like. Hubby made this lovely colored dried lemon zest and he left them in the size of crumbled nuts. He said he wanted to feel them in mouth so he didn’t pound it a lot.
What can you do with dried lemon zest?
It’s up to your imagination and creativity, but to share some ideas, here are his suggestions:
- You can put a little in your herbal tea or fruit tea (check out our apple compote with lemon zest and cinnamon stick).
- You can add it into your cakes, cookies or breads.
- You can add some when boiling or ovenbaking chicken.
- To have a surprise ingredient in your salad, sprinkle some dried lemon zest on it.
- You can even prepare tasty salad dressings with these little cute yellow cubes.
Thanks to dokuzuncubulut for inspiration! Aslı Abla suggests using it in meat, chicken or fish marinade.