Citrus Seasoning for Seafood & Vegetables
Don’t you love finding the hidden gems in life? Recently, I felt like I had stumbled onto one of the best ideas since sliced bread. I found myself throwing out a lot of citrus peels, knowing that the best flavor can be found in the zest. I hated to waste so much opportunity. After a little research (and dehydration), this Citrus Seasoning for Seafood & Vegetables stood among the ranks of the best DIY seasoning blends in my pantry.
In the spirit of reclaiming my wasted citrus peels, I turned to the blogosphere for good tips on drying and milling. Lazy Girl Dinners shares an excellent tutorial on how she makes citrus powders. (I love the blog name! I enjoy cooking, but hate slaving away when making a great meal can actually be really easy.) Anyways, she blanches her citrus peels first to remove the bitter essence from the pith. A way to get around the blanching step is to be very careful not to cut to the pith with your peeler or paring knife. That’s what I did, because my lazy style leans towards not having to clean the blanching pot. I also only peel the citrus fruits as I use them, storing the fresh peels in the refrigerator until I have enough to dry a whole batch.
The citrus in this DIY seasoning blend is orange. Luckily, my kiddos love gobbling down some oranges, and I didn’t have to wait long to collect a sizable stash of zesty peels. Orange is a major offender with bitter pith, so beware.
I love making my own seasoning blends to keep out unwanted ingredients. But the best reason to go DIY style? You can focus your efforts and energy to make the seasoning blend when you have the brainpower, and then mealtime becomes a snap. I call it “cooking with my eyes closed.” I barely have to think about the process of sprinkling some seasoning on my salmon, spritzing it with cooking oil and tossing it in a hot oven. Sometimes, that’s all I have the mental awareness to do when it’s time to cook dinner.
My favorite way to use this seasoning blend is on salmon. I go generous with it. We’ve been eating a lot of fish lately because Cooper loves it. And when the kid loves something healthy, I like to max it out.
Another great way I’ve used this blend is as a sprinkle on an oil & vinegar dressed salad. Wow. I had to try it after Lazy Girl’s description of her lemon-dusted restaurant salad. At first I was going to call this a salmon seasoning blend, but it’s too wonderful on veggies to leave it at such a narrow focus. I hope you love it as much as we have!