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How To Make and Use Dried Lemon Peel

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel

If you know anything about my flavor preferences, then you probably already know that LEMON is very near the top of the list! (I even have a whole Pinterest board devoted to my love of lemons!) So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that today’s project is all about lemons – or lemon peels, to be exact!

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel

Lemons are a pretty fascinating fruit, because you can use them for so many different things! Not only does their fresh citrus flavor complement many different sweet and savory foods, but it also makes an excellent cleaner. And on top of that, it’s used in many health and beauty products, too!

Related: 22 Useful Things To Do With Lemons

Today I’m sharing an easy way to keep lemon on hand to use in recipes, cleaners, and homemade beauty products… by making your own dried lemon peels! The peel of the lemon contains oils that are packed with lemon scent and flavor, and you can keep dried lemon peels in your fridge to use for up to a year!

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel

How to Dry Lemon Peels

You’ll need:

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel


Use your vegetable peeler to peel the skin off your lemons. Try to avoid peeling off the white stuff (the pith,) since it is more bitter in flavor.

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel

Once you’re done peeling, place your peels on the racks of your dehydrator. Dry them for several hours at 95 degrees, or on the low setting. You’ll know they’re completely dry when the peels snap when pressed, rather than bending. (Ours dried in about 10 hours.)

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel

How to Use Dried Lemon Peels

You can use your dried lemon peels as-is by mixing them into a potpourri mix. Mmmm, I love the fresh, citrus-y scent of real lemons!

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel

Alternately, you can put your dried lemon peels into a blender, food processor, or spice grinder, and grind them into a powder. The powdered lemon peel can be substituted for fresh lemon zest in many recipes! Just use 1 tsp of your dried lemon peel for each tablespoon of lemon zest that a recipe calls for.

How to Dry and Use Lemon Peel
  • You can also use your powdered lemon peel to add delicious lemon-y flavor to salad dressings, cookies, pudding, veggies, etc. Use sparingly, since the flavor is concentrated, and add to taste.
  • Add a small spoonful of your powdered lemon peel to a small bowl, along with and handful of sugar and a splash of olive oil. Mix it up and use it as a quick and easy body scrub! Scrub away dead, flaky skin and reveal the soft, smooth skin underneath.

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  • FYI – little but important typo – “Once you’re done peeling, place your “peeler” on the racks of your dehydrator”…I’m thinking you mean peels. Don’t want any lawsuits!

  • Jillee:

    I love your emails! This morning I was reading about How To Clean A Ceiling Fan With A Pillowcase. That was soooo funny and so easy! I will check out the song from Enchanted!

    Thank you so much for your ideas!

  • Jillee:
    I love your ideas. I bet there are more people reading than you know. This morning i had to send my friend How To Clean A Ceiling Fan with a pillow case. I thought that was sooo funny and easy!

  • Hello Jillee, I look forward to receiving your daily email every day. I am going to try making your cleaning soap and thinking of buying the Castile soap n some essential oils. What do you recommend? Thanks

    • You can do the same thing in your oven! Just heat the oven to the lowest temperature possible, and put the lemon peels on a cookie sheet. Oven vary, so check every hour or so until they snap in half. :-)

    • I put mine in an old metal collapsing steamer inset but a basket would do, then sat it on the radiator. it was ready in under an hour. Another idea if you aren’t going to eat it is putting it in your basket over a forced air heating vent.

  • Have you ever used the dried lemon or even oranges in bath bombs?
    I’ve heard of you want to dehydrate in the oven you use the lowest oven setting and prop open the door with a wooden spoon.
    My oven actually has a dehydrate setting so I need to try this.

  • Clever! I honestly hadn’t heard of this. Nice post. For the love of lemons! People always say when life hands you lemons, I think to myself use ’em!

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  • Thankyou Jillee .What a wonderful idea. I can’t believe it did not occur to me to do this with lemon or any citrus peels . It’s given me one of those OH why didn’t I think of that moments. :-)

      • I do not have a dehydrater either – can they be dried in an oven on very low heat? LOVE this idea!

    • Use Your Oven
      It’s remarkably easy to dehydrate fruits and veggies in the oven. Just turn it to the lowest setting, cut your fruit and veg into ¼ inch slices, and put them in the oven on a lined sheet pan for as long as they need, usually 6 to 8 hours.
      This si not my idea, found on internet

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