Author Notes: I started drying citrus wheels a year or so ago and we are hooked - for this recipe I used valencia oranges, but really any citrus will work - I stick to thinner skinned varieties as you eat them peel and all. When blood oranges are available I buy as many as I can carry and dry them all - delicious crumbled over salads, grilled meats, and ice cream too! Another bonus is that while the oranges dry your kitchen will be toasty warm and smell wonderful. *** NOTE - you will need a spice grinder *** —aargersi
dried citrus wheels
- 8 valencia oranges
- non stick spray
- set the oven to 200 degrees. Cover 2 cookie sheets with foil and lightly sray with non-stick. Wash the oranges and slice them VERY thinly. Lay them evenly on the cookie sheets and bake until the are very dry - about 5-6 hours. Remove the pits as best you can. Turn them once or twice as they dry. Store for a few weeks (if they last that long which they won't) in an air tight container.
Trio Of Citrus Salts
- 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
- several sprigs fresh rosemary
- 5 dried orange wheels
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 large lemon
- 1 ancho chili
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin
- 2 limes
- Orange salt: grind the orange wheels and needles from 2 sprigs of rosemary in the grinder. Mix together with the paprika and 1/4 c of the salt. Store in sealed jar for several weeks.
- Lemon salt: finely mince the garlic and 1 tbs. of rosemary. Mix together with 1/4 c salt and the zest from the lemon. Store in sealed jar for several weeks.
- Lime salt: Remove the seeds and stem from the chili. Grind in the spice grinder. Mix together with 1/4 c salt, the cumin, and zest from 2 limes. Store in sealed jar for several weeks.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Citrus Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Edible Gift