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After stumbling across an Instructable by Paige Russell for citrus powder, I knew I had to give it a try. And since my food share last week included eight organic lemons, I decided to go with an all raw lemon powder. The best part is that this delicious tart powder was super easy to make and can be used on a plethora of dishes. From sweet to savory, this powder can really transform a recipe!
After procuring the citrus you would like to use, in this case lemon, you can start prepping the fruit by giving them a quick wash and then slicing them thinly. I used a mandoline to help with the slicing. The more even the slices, the quicker the dehydrating will be. After slicing, remove all of the seeds and discard along with the ends. Now you can assemble the slices on your dehydrator trays and pop them into the dehydrator at 105 degrees for a couple days (or until the insides no longer have moisture). If you don’t have an dehydrator, place the citrus slices on parchment paper-lined baking pans and pop them in the oven at its lowest setting until the fruit has completely dried. Be advised this method will take at least 12-24 hours.
After the citrus has dried, comes the fun part! I tossed the citrus in my mortar & pestle and began pounding away until I was left with a powdery substance. You can also use a small spice grinder to give you a very fine consistency. At this stage, the original recipe suggests adding in some sugar and salt, but this is an optional enhancement. I topped a simple chopped salad with the lemon powder and it really brightened my dish! Below is a recipe for a raw salad topped with the freshly-made lemon powder.
1. Wash and dry the produce. Chop the mushrooms, tomatoes, and cucumbers roughly and toss them into a bowl with the lettuce.
2. Top salad generously with lemon powder and salad dressing. Mix well.
3. Serve immediately and enjoy!
What citrus would you use? And what recipes would you use it in?