Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Make It Yourself ~Tangy Orange Powder

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I am having too much fun taking pictures of these gorgeous orange chips and powder! The rich, sunny colors and beautiful, deep details just makes me want to keep clicking away!


Anyway...


I've already used this beautiful powder for a few things and have many more delicious plans for it! It smells like sunshine every time I open up the jar... hmm, must remember that when we have dark, rainy & cloudy days!


After dehydrating all those sunshine {orange} slices and enjoying them like chips and steeped in tea... I began to wonder if there were other ways to enjoy these yummy orange chips.


I googled around and came across this site that suggested to chop or grind the orange chips into powder, which can be used to flavor soup, fish, sauces or use has a garnish.


hmmm... interesting.


So, I threw in enough orange chips to fill my Blendtec and gave it a whirl... well, several whirls until it was powdery and smooth. It looks a little crumbly because of the natural oils from the rinds... simply wonderful!




I pour the powder into an airtight quart mason jar and kept throwing in more orange chips until I had almost 2 quarts full of tangy orange powder. And I still have about 1 1/2 gallons of orange chips to enjoy!


Ahh, lovely!




I have already used it to spice up cinnamon rolls, make drinks, give a tangy crunch to our favorite snack and more. I will {hopefully} be sharing these recipes soon!!


When you make these, make sure you store them out of direct light to protect the natural oils. They should last a long time  ;o)












24 comments:

  1. I'd love to see your recipes. You might not believe it, but, I can smell it over here!

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  2. dr momi - thanks!! I believe you ;o)

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  3. Gorgeous pictures... I will try this =)

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  4. Lovely Blog and I love your recipe, it is totally in at the moment, all the powders of fruit and vegetables, I haven't done orange powder for a long time and totally forgot about it, thanks for the reminder

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  5. I must make use of all the oranges we have here! I just got an excaibur two weeks ago so I just got to get to it. Work program.... :)

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  6. Country Gourment Traveler - Thanks so much and glad to help!

    Katie- Yes, you must do this! Get those girls going on cutting the oranges ;o)

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  7. Oh I like the idea! I'm an orange freak so that'll work for me!
    I just discovered this blog! Very nice!

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  8. Nada - Wonderful! Glad you found my blog! How did you find it? I just checked out your blog.. love it! I will be following it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I have made ground dried orange peels,but using the whole orange is a great idea. I could try this with limes and lemons to. Thanks

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  10. Donna - yeah, using the whole orange gives a delicious punch into anything! I want to try lemons next!

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  11. Wow, this is so interesting to me. Its not everyday you come across something you've never seen before. What a fabulous idea too! We've just launched our all new seasonalpotluck.com and February is oranges month. If you'd like to link up your recipe, we'd love to have you! http://bit.ly/zDoNfx

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  12. Betsy - Thank you stopping by! I will for sure link up at your place. Just checked it out... FUN!

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  13. Wow! Never seen this done before! I would love to read about recipes you used it in.. breads? Love this! Wonderful photos, and your life sounds so adventurous, fulfilling!

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  14. Thanks for this post on how to make tangy orange powder. Great pictures.

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  15. I used to do this...and I even mixed some of the powder with natural yogurt and made a fantastic face mask!

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    1. Very interesting! Will need to try that! I'm sure the orange face mask would leave your face feeling tingling and refreshed. Thank you for sharing... what else did you use the powder for?

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  16. Do you dip your slices in lemon juice or use citric acid to keep them so orange looking? I've dried them and they seem to turn brown. Maybe I dehydrate them so long but afraid to under dehydrate for fear of mold, etc.

    Thanks in advance,

    Cindy

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    1. Hello Cindy!
      No, I do not use lemon juice or any citric acid. Most of my oranges are sour oranges, don't know if that is why they dry up nice and orange looking. But it sounds like you might be over-drying your oranges.

      You will know that they are done when they don't feel sticky and moist. Take the amount of time you've been drying them and cut it back at least 5 hours. You should put your oranges in the night before and check them in the morning, then check them again at lunch and check them again at dinner until they are dry, but they might have a little stickiness...that's normal because they will dry up once they cool.

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  17. Thank you so much Marilyn! I figured that was what I was doing....I'll give it another go!

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  18. I read somewhere it was mot safe to though oranges in juicer without being peeled. Is it safe to eat all that peel this way?

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    1. Yes, it is safe as long as the oranges are organic. The peel is rich in Vitamin C and safe to consume in moderation.

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  19. Great pictures! I've tried Lemon powder & its lovely, too. Did you know a standard canning jar fits a blender base? Blend your powder straight in the jar & you don't have to clean the blender carafe. I've done garlic powder and chili powders this way, too.

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    1. Thank you Traceyo! I am sure the lemon powder is lovely... would love to find me some chemical free lemons to do that. I am going to dry some limes and make lime powder soon!

      Yes, I have heard that, but I own a Blendtec... so, that wouldn't work for me. But it is a great idea for those who have that option!!

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