It's the baking time of year. As soon as fall weather arrives, soon followed by Thanksgiving and then Christmas, it's time to put on the aprons and break out the mixers. It's also citrus season, which means it's a great time to make some homemade versions of baking ingredients.
Citrus Extract is great for flavoring icings, and I love ground citrus powder in muffins, cookies, breads, tea... you name it. So, when I can find organic lemons and oranges (which isn't always easy), I always buy them. With very little effort, you can add some tasty tools to your baking arsenal.
Peel an organic orange (or lemon, depending on which flavor you want!) and remove as much of the white pith as you can. Slice very thin, and place into a jar. Cover with Vodka and let it sit. Strain after 6 weeks (or, um, a year...)
Peel some organic oranges (or lemons) and remove as much of the white pith as you can. Slice and dehydrate. When thoroughly dried, grind in a coffee grinder. If you are using it for icing, I'd do a very fine powder... for baked goods, you can leave some larger pieces. I use this in place of citrus zest in recipes if I don't have fresh fruit on hand to zest.