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Dried Orange Rind

DaisyM Oct 21, 2009 02:35 PM

I dry orange rind to use in a Persian chicken dish. I cut the rind and then let it dry out for a couple of days. When I use it, I soak it in warm water. My question...how long can I keep orange rind that I have dried myself? I keep it in a glass jar with lid. Thank you!

  1. Gio Oct 26, 2009 07:11 PM

    I was drawn to this thread because it reminded me of my mother who used to put tangerine peelings on the stove burner to heat up and the fragrance was heavenly. It was especially nice during the Holidays....

    I don't even remember if she had any use for the dried citrus rinds... I just remember the beautiful aroma. Sorry for the derailment.

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    1. re: Gio
      DaisyM Oct 27, 2009 11:11 AM

      It does smell great! Amazing the food memories we have. It takes 3 days for my rind to really dry out. I've been putting it in a glass jar. When I use it I soak it in warm water for just a few minutes. It is very good in Persian chicken with dried cherries.

    2. Cherylptw Oct 26, 2009 07:05 PM

      I sometimes grate the peel on a piece of parchment and allow it to sit on my counter overnight then jar it. I do the same with lemon & lime. If you are freezing it, you don't have to dry it.

      1. MikeG Oct 21, 2009 03:12 PM

        I'm not sure if this is the same idea as what you've got, but I've had a jar of dry Chinese tangerine peels on the shelf for years (10 or more) and they're in great condition. But they're very dry and I use them as a seasoning that gets removed or left on the plate. They turned darker brown for a while, but the aroma is still excellent.

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        1. re: MikeG
          Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2009 06:53 PM

          Yes, they'll last decades if dried thoroughly.

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          classylady Oct 21, 2009 02:38 PM

          I freeze the orange peel and use the rind when I need it.

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          1. re: classylady
            DaisyM Oct 21, 2009 03:13 PM

            Do you dry it before you freeze the peel?

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