When considering recipes to convert to dehydrated trail meals, some ingredients hold us back. Citrus fruits are one of those things that you just don’t dehydrate well. Before you pass up a recipe with citrus though, think outside the fruit, the rind specifically. Lemon, lime, and orange zest pack a huge flavor punch, even more so than the juices many recipes call for.
Dehydrating Citrus Zest
The process is super simple. Wash your citrus fruit and let dry. Instead of using a zester, which will give you fine crumbles of rind, use a sharp vegetable peeler to remove the rind. Be sure to get only the colored part, leaving the bitter white pith behind. Arrange your nice long strips of zest on your dehydrator and dehydrate until crispy. Once dried, crumble or chop the zest and store in an air tight container.
Besides being delicious in your trail meals the zest of citrus also has more nutrients than the fruit itself. From high levels of vitamins, such as vitamin C, it also has health improving flavanoids, and anti-cancer ingredients. You can read more about the health benefits here.
Now get cooking some delicious trail meals!