Will it cost less to make your own lemon powder?
I did the calculations and was amazed to find that it actually wouldn’t be a lot cheaper. However, given that you use lemons every day, it wouldn’t cost anything extra. Unless of course you buy a bunch of lemons just to make dried peel powder and end up wasting the juice.
I’d been doing my own dried lemon peel powder for about 6 months before I finally googled it. Apparently I was not the only nerd out there. However, I was happy to discover that my method (approach) of preparing the peels differs from all the others. The thing is, I don’t promote making a huge batch all at once. I mean, what would you do with the juice from 10 or more lemons? You could freeze it, but… Now, that I wouldn’t recommend!
How does it work for me? I dry the peels of the lemons I actually use during the day. And when I have enough dried peels, I grind them. That’s it!
Why you should use organic lemons to make dried lemon peel powder.
You might think it’s trivial, but I would not recommend consuming peels from conventional lemon crops. It’s because the use of pesticides is widespread in citrus fruits production and many chemical substances may be applied in order to control undesirable moulds or insects. (1) It must be remembered, that it’d be mainly the peels of lemons where the pesticide residue is found.
Benefits of lemon peels.
Consider the following benefits before you throw away the peels of another lemon:
- All that fibre! 100g (3.5oz) of lemon peels contain 10.6 grams of fibre.
- It contains high amounts of calcium and vitamin C, which help maintain and improve bone health.
- Reduces oxidative stress. Lemon peels and lemon powder contain citrus bioflavonoids, which are powerful source for the reduction of oxidative stress.
- Eradicates toxic elements present in our body. Besides making us weak, those elements also increase our addiction to hard drinks and harmful eatables.
- May help fight cancer. Lemon peel contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which help fight the cancerous cells.
- Lemons are anti-microbial and protect against bacterial infections and fungi.
- Reduces cholesterol. This is due to the presence of polyphenol flavonoids in lemon peels.
- Contributes to healthy heart. Potassium in lemon peels (and also in dried lemon peel powder) help maintain the right blood pressure in our body.
- Maintains oral health. Vitamin C deficiency results in teeth related problems like bleeding gums, scurvy and gingivitis. Lemon peels are rich in citric acid, which helps fight these common teeth and gum related problems.
- Promotes weight loss. They contain a powerful fibre called pectin, which is responsible for the promotion of weight loss in the body. Pectin binds substances in the intestine and adds bulk to the stools. The fruits containing the most pectin are citrus fruits, especially grapefruits, lemons and oranges. The majority of the pectin resides in the citrus peel, but the pulp also contains some.
- Lemon peels and lemon powder help prevent and fight skin problems such as wrinkles, acne, pigmentation and dark spots. The free radicals play a very important role in this process. Besides, antioxidants found in the peels tend to be a great detoxifier of the skin. (2)
use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest, but it’d be more difficult
to get the juice out of the lemon(s).
the inner layer along with some of the white pith (this is the only
part the goes wasted).
strips into small cubes. I recommend doing this to spare your processor
or grinder (not necessary if you have a badass blender).
dehydrator. Alternatively let them dry on kitchen counter or on a
windowsill in the sun. It’ll take about 36-48 hours at room temperature.
As I dry small quantities, I put them on a plate. Once they’re
completely dry, I transfer the pieces into a glass jar. Should you
dehydrate a bigger batch, feel free to toss them onto baking sheet
covered with parchment paper.
peels), transfer them into blender or spice grinder and process until
Can the same method be used to make any dried citrus peel powder? Yes, definitely! Feel free to make your own dried orange peel powder, grapefruit peel powder or lime peel powder.