DIY Essentials: Lemon/Pepper Seasoning
Andy Anderson !
So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen
·lemons, just the zest
·black pepper, coarsely ground
·salt, kosher variety
·dehydrated onions, finely ground
How to Make DIY Essentials: Lemon/Pepper Seasoning
- You will need a zester, and a spice grinder to make this recipe.
FYI: You can buy a dedicated spice grinder; however, my suggestion would be to pop out to a thrift store, or Amazon.com, and pick up a coffee grinder. You can find them for about 10 bucks, and if you do a lot of your own spice/seasoning mixes, they are invaluable.
- You have three ways to dry out the lemon zest:
1. Lay the zest out on some paper towels, and let it dry naturally. Depending upon the relative humidity, this could take from 12 to 24 hours.
2. Stick them in a dehydrator (assuming you have one) for a couple of hours.
3. Set you oven to its lowest setting, let it heat up, then turn it off. Let them sit for about 2 hours, then check. If they are not fully dry, repeat the process.
- How much of each ingredient do I need?
Here is how this works… the amount of zest that you produce will determine how much pepper (and salt) you will need.
This is the ratio I use: 4:1:1/4
So, if we have 4 tablespoons of dried lemon zest, we will need 1 tablespoon of black pepper, and 1/4 tablespoon of salt.
Most store-bought bottles of lemon/pepper salt have over 4 – 5 the amount of salt that I am using. The amount I use gives the seasoning a nice taste, and if I want to use more sodium later, I can.
Remember, you can add salt to a seasoning; however, it is pretty difficult to take it out.