Saturday, January 27, 2018
Dehydrating Pomelo Grapefruit Rind
We recently obtained several Red Pomelo Grapefruits. If you have never tried Pomelo grapefruit, you are missing out. They are super sweet and simply delicious. When you dehydrate the rinds and grate them up, you get a sweet smelling Pomelo zest. I get just the rind (and not the pith) and make a lovely zest/powder from it and by doing so, it retains all the essential oils.
When a teaspoon of the powder is added to a bit of liquid, you will instantly recognize the floral and tangy aroma of the grapefruit. When used in sweets, the grapefruit zest adds in a nice flavorful element to custards and anything with berries in it. I also like to add it in to my stir fry veggies and a small amount in a rich stew really lightens up the taste. And of course, you can add it to water or tea, just as you would add fresh fruit.
Grapefruit zest or powder pairs well with pork and chicken or any Oriental dish. I often sprinkle them on cupcakes and cakes after they have been frosted/iced. I sprinkle some on our salads too.
Overall, dehydrating your Pomelo Grapefruit rind is a super frugal idea. Taking something that one generally throws away and making it into something you can use in a variety of ways just makes sense.
Okay, to dehydrate your rinds, just peel off the rind from the grapefruit.
Take the peelings and lay them out on your dehydrator trays.
Place in your dehydrator and dehydrate on 135 degrees for about 4-6 hours. I just put them in at night and turned it on when I went to bed and they were ready the next morning. They need to be nice and crispy.
Next place them in a blender. I use the one I make my smoothies with but any will do. Add some of the peels to your blender or container.
Turn on and blend the peels until they form a powder. Remove and store in a sealed mason jar until ready to use.
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