So, after juicing over 67 pounds of lemons I still had a bunch left over. I read somewhere (sorry, I can’t remember where) that you can dehydrate lemons and they will last for a long time.
You can use dehydrated lemons in water or tea, or anything else you would put a slice of lemon in that is liquid. The liquid rehydrates the lemon and gives your beverage that lemon-y taste.
To begin, wash the lemons well. The rinds will be in your drink so you want them to be clean.
Slice the lemons into circle shaped slices about 1/4 inch thick. Try to get them all the same size, but as you can see from my photo I didn’t achieve this uniformity. 🙂
If your lemons have large seeds, try to remove as many of them as possible before dehydrating. If you have a dehydrator, arrange the lemon slices on the trays.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can do this in the oven, but it takes a long time. Place the lemon slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees until they are finished.
Set your dehydrator to the fruit setting (about 135 degrees) and begin. My lemons took over 24 hours to dehydrate, but I think that was partly due to the fact that my slices were thick.
You will know they are finished when the inside of the slice is a dark brown color.