Lemon Peel: Freeze Dried

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25gm of freeze-dried Lemon Peels. Ideal for Italian-style limoncello and citrus beer brewing. It comes in powder form which makes it easy to add to your beverage and measure.

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Freeze-dried fruits are cooled to cryogenic temperatures (-30 Degree Celcius) so that the water crystallized and then evaporates in a vacuum. This technology preserves aromatic oils, flavors, and aromas. As a result, the beverages made using Freeze-dried Oranges is less bitter and more flavorful.

Please use 1/2 the quantity of freeze-dried orange peel compared to the sun-dried lemon to get the same level of citrus notes. It can be used for brewing Belgian strong ales and American Citrus IPA. I prefer to add these peels in the last 5 minutes of the boil for best results in wort making. Adding them along with whirlfloc or Irish moss reduces the haze as well.

Origin: Indian lemons full of local notes that are preferred for your Indian Friends.

PS: 25gm packs are designed for pilot brews at a microbrewery and for home brewing. If you need 1/2 kg packs do drop in a line for a bulk quote.

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One of the best thing that you can do with orange peel is boil it and make tea. Just add chopped or ground orange peel to some water, put it over flame and let it brew for sometime. Bring it to boil and then filter the water into a cup. And your orange peel tea is ready. You can also add sweeteners or spices to it as per your taste. You just need to take care of some basic things like washing the orange peel thoroughly before use..

Orange peel has more benefits than the fruit as it has more fibres. When infused with boiling water it becomes extra beneficial. It helps in constipation, fights acidity and heart-burn and improves the overall health of the digestive system. A good digestive system is important for weight loss. Orange peel contains pectin.This helps in regulating your blood sugar levels. Vitamin C in the orange peel boosts immunity and therefore, good for lung infections, cough and congestion, and bronchitis. These peels are, importantly, a good source of polyphenols hesperidin and polymethoxyflavones. Both have huge potential anticancer effects.The polyphenols in the peel also prevents chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes, alzheimer’s and obesity.

Boiling orange peel can also provide you with a healthy room freshner. Just keep boiling the peel until you see vapors rising and the water almost dries up. This gives you a strong but pleasant odour of an orange.

Grinding orange peel and making orange peel powder is really easy. You can get the orange peel powder packets at shops too but homemade ones are always better and more effective. Follow the below steps for grinding orange peels at home:

  1. Select good quality oranges, preferably organic ones.
  2. Wash the oranges thoroughly in order to remove any pesticide and chemicals on the fruit. You can also use fruit wash or hot water to clean.
  3. Peel the outer skin of the oranges with hand or with a sharp knife or a vegetable peeler. Try to not cut the white part and just the top orange layer as much as possible.
  4. Depending on what you want to use the peel powder for, cut the peel into large chunks or thin strips. Here, we are talking about grinding the peels so it’s better to cut them into thin even strips. The more thin the peels are, the easily they dry out.
  5. For sun drying you can simply spread all the peels on a tray and place it under the sun for 3-4 days to dry completely.
  6. Alternatively, you can spread the orange peels on parchment lined baking sheet and bake them for 30 to 60 minutes at 200F (93 degree C) in an oven. Check the peels often and remove the tray from the oven when the peels harden and curl. Let the peels cool.
  7. Put all the dried peel into a completely dry food processor. Grind for at least a minute and your beautiful orange peel powder is ready.
  8. Store the powder in an air-tight container and use it according to your needs.

Zest is a part of the Peel. Technically speaking, zest is the outermost colorful layer of the peel. While the peel of the fruit usually means the entire outer layer enclosing the fruit. Zest contains the essential oils responsible for the orange fragrance and flavor. Orange peel includes the zest and also the white pith. The white pith is bitter and unpleasant and hence, makes the peel bitter too sometimes. The zest part of the peel provides it the flavor and fragrance.

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Orange zest provides the orange flavor and fragrance to a dish or beverage without the bitterness of the whole peel. As a matter of fact, there is a non-ideal substitute for orange zest and it depends on the recipe in question and what you expect the orange zest to accomplish. However, lemon zest is the best bet for a substitute of orange zest. Lemon zest can provide the citrus flavor to the recipe that is expected of orange zest. Lemon zest also pairs up with spices in the same way as orange. It is equally effective as a substitute in sweet dishes too. Furthermore, both orange and lemon are equally pungent and therefore, can be used in the same quantity.

Do check out our Lemon Liquor Recipe and how to make wheat beer with Oranges.

Lemon peel contains many more nutritional and skin benefits than lemon itself. It contains vitamin C, minerals, fibre, and some very healthy enzymes. Lemon peel also has cleaning properties and can be used at home as a natural and non-toxic cleaner, deodorizer, and also as an insect repellent. Therefore, lemon peel can be used for a lot of purposes. Some of them are:

Use of lemon peel for consumption:
  1. For flavoring various recipes and garnishing soups, salads, yogurts, dressings etc.
  2. Lemon peel can be incorporated into marinades and used in seasonings for dishes like lemon pepper chicken and lemon pepper fish.
  3. Lemon peels can be made into candied peels. These can be both eaten as it is or used in cake, cookie, bread, and chocolate recipes.
  4. Use the lemon peel powder for making lemon sugar and lemon pepper.
  5. Lemon peel powder can be used for both lemon peel water and lemon peel tea.
  6. Lemon peel acts a good flavour for Kombucha.
  7. Use the lemon peel for making your perfect citrus beer.
  8. We can also make Limoncello, the traditional italian lemon wine with the help of lemon peel.

Lemon peel can also be used as a scrub, exfoliator, skin brightener/lightener, nail whitener, teeth whitener and for other skin care purposes. It can also be used as cleaning, humidifier and deodorizing agent at home.

The zest of any citrus fruit is the thin flavored and colored outer layer of the fruit. While peel is the entire skin of the fruit – everything but the flesh. To make it simple, zest is a part of the peel, the outer and the colored part. It contains the essential oils responsible for the fragrance and flavor. Lemon peel includes lemon zest and also the white pith (the inner part) which is bitter and unpleasant.

Ever wondered why your hands gets the fresh fragrance of lemon and oranges when we peel or sneeze them? This is because the skin contains a lot of aromatic oils that gets released in a mist of fine droplets when we disturb the skin.

Lemon juice gets some of this fragrance because of this transferance. However citrus juices is a source of acidity and flavors. They are not a good source of essential oils. Thats why using orange and lemon juice would be a poor substitute if you are looking to improve the citrus aromas and subtle flavors of your brew.

There are plenty of fruits that can be poisonous and dangerous to our health if eaten improperly. Certain fruit peels are difficult to consume and at times are also inedible and poisonous. For example, peels of avocados, honeydews, melons, lychee, pineapple and the likes are considered as inedible. Talking about being poisonous, mostly it’s not the peels rather other aspects like seeds of the fruit, ripe or raw fruit, etc. that one needs to worry about. For instance, seeds of apples, apricots, cherries contain amygdalin, which after coming in contact with acids in human digestive system becomes cyanide. Similarly, cashew fruit, almonds, etc. should never be eaten in their raw form.

If you still have a question, write in the comments section and we will get back to you.

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  1. Ankur (store manager)

    amazing for limoncello

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