I purchased 50lbs of organic oranges when the children would enjoy an orange I would have them save the peels in a glass jar. I would normally dry them every other day to ensure that mold wouldn’t overtake my peels. I would then slice the orange peels in strips and then cut in dice size small pieces. I then lay them out on my dehydrator tray so that they don’t overcrowd each other.
Different foods have different temperatures and times of dehydration. Orange peels are pretty easy, just set your timer for eight hours at 140 degrees.
Once they are done store them in a glass jar in a dark place. They will keep for a year and still offer your family nutrition benefit. You can vacuum seal them if you prefer. I did do a few bags like that as well. Just don’t forget to label your jar or bag with the contents and date. Unlabeled food is dangerous. Make it a habit to always label anything you put away in your pantry. Good habits should be passed down to our children. Include them in your efforts to preserve food and teach them the many tips needed for success in providing healthy food at a later date.
I like to color code my labels for the herbs so that they are labeled for the 'type' of herb they are. For example aromatic herbs are blue, bitter herbs are red, and so forth.
So, what are you going to be drying? Share as you can! I always love hearing from you all!
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood