Healthy and with little to no cost. This homemade natural vitamin C powder is easy to make! And it uses something most of us through away... Citrus peels!
I recently learned that most vitamin c that you get at the store is made of GMO corn!
Yuck! Who wants any of that?!
Start making your own vitamin c. Using dried citrus peels--that you know is not sprayed--this is a great way to get your vitamin c.
Around the homestead, we are always looking for ways to use the things that most americans just toss. This is another great one!
Eat the citrus however you’d like. Then just save the peels. And make up this simple recipe.
You can use any citrus--lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit. Just make sure that they are not sprayed. You are going to be eating the skin. --No need for concentrated chemicals in your vitamin c!
We get our grapefruits locally. From a place where they don't spray them. And we get as much as we can eat. We love them and get tons when they are in season. We also like juicing them and freezing it for later in the year!
Making Your Natural Vitamin C
After you have used the flesh of the citrus (I will be using grapefruit in my example), you are going to use the leftover peels.
How To Tell If The Peels Are Dry?
If they seam dry, pick one up and break it. If it breaks easily and with a nice snap, it should be good.
Better to error on the extra dry side. If they are not all the way dry then they will mold later on.
Slice the peels into thin strips. The thinner you slice them, the faster they will dry.
Arrange the citrus slices on food dehydrator trays.
Dehydrate at 135 degrees, until dry.
Take the peels now and blend them up to a fine powder. I like how our Vita Mix does the job. You can also use a food processor.
Strain the powder through a sieve. Re-blend any larger pieces that don’t go through the sieve.
Make sure that the powder is cool--room temperature--then store in glass jars.
Because you were so careful to be sure there was no moisture in the jars, they should last a while. Just leave them in a cool spot in your kitchen out of direct sunlight.
Using Your Natural Vitamin C
You can enjoy your vitamin c however you want. Add it to your smoothie. Or mix it in a little water and get it done with.
How much? Good question. It is up to you. Unless you eat cups of it you won’t eat too much. I have found it recommended to take a teaspoon a day up to four tablespoons.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Adjust to how much you think you need.
Enjoy your near-free, easy to make, better for you than others, natural vitamin c powder!