Make Your Own Dried Orange Peel
Dried orange peel makes a delicious, piquant addition to a wide variety of both savory and sweet dishes, and it's really easy to make your own at home.
Just peel an orange or two, (preferably organic) as you normally would for eating, trying to keep the pieces of peel as large as possible.
Lay them skin side down on a cutting board, and with a sharp knife at about a 10° angle to the board, shave away the interior pith until you can see the bright orange of the exterior peel.
It's very important to remove as much of the pith as you can because it imparts a bitter flavor.
Once the pith is gone, you can slice the peel into thin, short strips to prepare for drying.
Spread the strips in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put them in a 250 F oven until you see them start to curl - 15 to 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let them cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This method works with lemon peel too.
Suggestion: Throw a few strips of your dried peel into the coffee grinder with your beans for a deliciously flavored after-dinner coffee (it can't hurt to add a splash of Grand Marnier to go with it either).