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Dried Orange Rind

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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!

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

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    1. re: classylady

      Do you dry it before you freeze the peel?

    2. 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

        Yes, they'll last decades if dried thoroughly.

      2. 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. 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

            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.