By, Heidi Vail
Recently my husband got on a kick making beef jerky. He loves it and has been making all different flavors. It’s really quite simple. Get the butcher to slice a roast for you. Then create a marinade.
I, on the other hand, prefer dried fruit. As most of us know living in beautiful Arizona: January is a good time for citrus! So why not try something new?? It really doesn’t take much. I use my toaster oven; it has a dehydrator setting. But you can buy a dehydrator online or do it in your oven.
Dehydrated citrus has so many uses. They are easy to prepare and naturally delicious! Here are just a few possibilities:
I feel silly even calling this a "recipe." After all, it has one single ingredient, oranges. However, I don't want anyone out there to miss out on this great way of preserving citrus, especially oranges.
Preserving Citrus “Recipe”:
1. Slice Oranges: Slice oranges with a mandolin slicer so that they are anywhere from ⅛" to ¼" in thickness. Keep in mind the thinner they are, the less time they'll need to dehydrate.
2. Arrange Orange Slices: Arrange orange slices on the dehydrator trays, leaving room for air circulation.
3. Set Temperature: Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees (fruit/vegetable setting). Start checking the orange slices after 2 hours. Sometimes it's helpful to flip the orange slices to the other side halfway through the process.
4. Dehydrating Time: Depending on the thickness of the slices, it can take anywhere from 3 to 7 hours for the slices to completely dry.
5. Cool and Store: Once the orange slices are completely dehydrated and no moisture remains, cool completely then store in mason jars.
Hope you enjoy our little family secret to preserve one of Arizona’s 5 C’s!