Dried tangerine peel is a common addition to different recipes, particularly in Chinese or Asian cuisines. It helps balance the dish’s taste by adding a citrus and fresh flavor to the food. It also has a lot of nutritional benefits, and is a popular cure for stomach upset. Likewise, it aids in digestion and nutritional absorption.
You can easily buy dried tangerine peel in supermarkets and grocery stores, but you may end up with soem that is so old and dry, that the taste has become bitter. This is the reason why some opt to make their own as you can easily control how much moisture is dried off the peel. If you want to know how to make dried tangerine peel, here are the things you need to do.
- Get tangerines. Buy your tangerine. You can best get tangerines during winter as the fruit is in season by this period. In addition, you can choose the best ones at a lower price. Get those with a brighter color and a zest that doesn’t have any spots or discoloration. The zest refers to the fruit’s pebbled part. This houses the oils, which are full of aroma.
- Peel the fruit. Get the tangerines and wash them well before you start peeling them. Use a vegetable peeler or a thin knife to remove the peels. The peels should be clean, healthy and large. As you remove the peel layers, you’ll see a white portion under it, just like the ones you see with oranges. Decide whether you want to remove this portion or not.
- Dry the peels. Arrange the tangerine pieces into a rack where the pieces fit in a single layer. Look for a dry and well-ventilated location at home, and put the rack there. The tangerine peels will automatically curl as they dry. If you don’t have any available rack, you can put them on top of any surface, as long as it’s clean and isn’t dusty. Check them regularly, and turn the pieces on the other side so the drying process is equal on both sides.
If your location doesn’t have any ventilated place, you may need to invest with a dehydrator for drying the peels. Aside from tangerine, you can even place the grapes, walnut crops, and even herbs in a dehydrator. Just make sure that you strictly follow the given instructions so that your tangerine peels don’t turn out too dry.
Enjoy! Enjoy the dried tangerine peel pieces once they’re ready. You can make a number of batches that you can easily store. Place the peels in a zip-lock plastic bag or other airtight containers, and store in a cool, dark place. You can also put the container inside the refrigerator to lengthen the life of the dried peels.
Once you’re ready to use the dried peels, submerge these under warm water about ten minutes prior to adding them to the dish to soften them up. If the dish requires simmering for a longer time, there’s no need to soak the peels. If you can’t find tangerines in your place, you can use oranges just make sure that you remove the white portion from the peel so the taste isn’t too bitter.