How to dry orange slices 6



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.

How to dry orange slices

Materials

  • Oranges
  • Knife
  • Oven
  • Wire tray (I love these 3 tier one’s UK Link/US Link)
How to dry orange slices

Method

  • The hardest part of this is having the patience to wait for them to be dry!
  • Slice your oranges into 1 cm strips.  Make sure that you cut the oranges crossways so you get the pretty segmented look.  Discard the ends.
  • Blot any excess juice onto a paper towel or tea towel.
  • Place the slices onto a wire rack.
  • Place in your oven at 90 degrees centigrade for 3 hours, turning once.
  • Allow to dry overnight.
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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 (UK Link/US Link) if you have one, but it is days like today that have been dreaming about owning an Aga.

How to dry citrus slices

But what do you do once you have your dried oranges? Well, we turned ours into Christmas Decorations and added them to our homemade wreaths.

Ours lasted 3 years, so I am going to make some more this year but also dry some more lemon slices for contrast.

How to dry orange and lemon slices for Christmas decorations and ornaments. This simple step by step how-to is easy to follow and makes beautiful natural decorations for the home


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