This past winter I bought a dehydrator from a thrift store. There had been several people in line at the food pantry that has been talking about dehydrating some foods this past couple of years. I was told to watch for a dehydrator at thrift stores to get one because I would like it better then using my oven. I finally found one this winter with 6 trays and mat accessories. I have been given plenty of oranges this past season and this was a way to preserve them to use in cooking.
I like how the citrus has turned out. Also I have been enjoying using it in drinks. I add it to water to make an infusion and all time summer favorite tea. They are also very pretty sitting on my kitchen counter. I live in Florida so I have access to plenty of oranges and citrus.
Dehydrating citrus is easy. You wash the fruit. Cut the ends off but save them to make citrus cleaner. I will give the recipe for that in the next post. The citrus should be slice into quarter inch slices with a sharp knife. Lay them on the tray flat. Mats came with my thrift store dehydrator, which I was so lucky to get because the mats keep the fruit from sticking to the trays. That makes for easy clean up. I dried them at the recommended temperature for fruit marked on my dehydrator which is 135 degrees. It took 12 hours for the 6 trays.
I reshuffled the trays around after a few hours when I checked on the progress. You do have to keep a eye on it until you become familiar with your dehydrator and how it takes to process foods. The second batch of trays I knew to wait about 6 hours to swap the trays around so there would be even drying.
Ideally you should store them in glass jars with tight lids. I didn’t have any jars large enough to do that. So I used what I had, which was plastic containers with tight lids. I am using it up so it is not lingering in food storage. Eventually I will get some glass jars to use.