And the smell, I wish you could smell it through the computer, it smells heavenly. If you're eating oranges, make orange peel powder! Here's how to do it:
Set aside your fresh peels to dry either flat on a kitchen counter, in the sun for the day, or via a dehydrator like I did:
You can cut your peel into small pieces to make them dry faster. They could dry complete within an hour or two. I leave mine to dry overnight. Dehydrating or air-drying your orange peel preserves the nutrients, but if you watch your peels carefully you may be able to bake them at your oven's lowest heat, but it will lose some nutrients due to the temperature. Whatever method you choose, make sure it's completely bone-dry before you grind because any moisture will create microbe growth that spoils your powder.
From there I blended it to a fine powder with my trusty vita-mix blender. A regular blender should work, too, but you may have do this at about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of peel at a time.
I believe three oranges and three grapefruits produced the large amount of powder you see here! It's easy to always have a stockpile of this for skin care, home cleaning (make a scouring scrub) and adding nutrition and flavor to food and spice mixes! Yum! And to think I was buying the powder and throwing away my orange peels? Why?!
Also of note, there are substantially more enzymes, flavonoids and phytonutrients in the peel of the orange than in the fruit itself! It's good for digestion and is an excellent source of vitamin C.
By the way, the store-bought orange peel powder is on the left and the freshly-made powder on the right. The store-bought still smells good, but the fresh one is even more pungent and delightfully aromatic. You'll note the color is brighter too, which usually means there's more nutrients. This is the perfect spice to keep on-hand during the cold and flu season for a vitamin c boost.
I love finding new uses for items we normally throw away! I wonder how many other peels can be ground into spices? Time to investigate...