...make dried orange zest!
In the last few months I've run across a number of recipes that call for orange zest, and I'd run out and buy an orange just to zest it. And while I don't mind doing that, I've found that it's much simpler to make some dried zest to keep on-hand in the spice cabinet.
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from orange. Try to avoid removing the white pith, because that has a bitter taste.
Lay your strips on a paper-towel covered microwave-safe plate.
Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Here's how it looks after 30 seconds.
How much longer you'll need to zap this depends on your microwave. Go in 30-second intervals. In mine, it takes only another 30 seconds, after which it doesn't FEEL completely dried, but after sitting for 5 minutes they crisp right up. Here they are all done.
I keep this stored in a zipper bag in the spice cabinet for use as needed. Just like with any herb, when a recipe calls for fresh zest, use a third of that amount for dried.