How to dry orange slices

I have always loved the look of dried orange slices and there were plenty of them used in decorations at York Christmas Market when we visited, so I wanted to try making some myself   They are very easy to make and really effective too.

 

Materials

  • Oranges
  • Knife
  • Oven
  • Wire tray (I used one of my cooling trays)

Method

  • The hardest part of this is having the patience to wait for them to be dry!
  • Slice your oranges in to 1 cm strips.  Make sure that you cut the oranges cross ways so you get the pretty segmented look.  Discard the ends.
  • Blot any excess juice on to a paper towel or tea towel.
  • Place the slices on to a wire rack.
  • Place in your oven at 90 degrees centigrade for 3 hours, turning once.
  • Allow to dry overnight.

I made a second batch and dipped them in lemon juice which is supposed to preserve the colour, but there was no difference at all!  The house smelt delicious when I was drying them and you could also use a dehydrator if you have one, but it is days like today that have been dreaming about owning an Aga.

 

 

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5 Responses

AHLondon | 12.09.12

Thanks. I’ve always loved oranges in wreaths but had no idea it was this easy to dry them. Just slice and bake? If I’d only known. Are the slashed ones and pomegranates done the same way? Kid project when I get home.

Laura | 12.09.12

Silly question, I’m sure, but can you eat them??

Jackie | 12.09.12

I’m glad to know how to do this! thanks

Jen Walshaw | 12.09.12

Jackie » They are fantastic fun to make

Jen Walshaw | 12.09.12

Laura » Sorry I am not sure, I have only used them for decorating, but I dont see why not!

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