Learn how to make dehydrated orange slices to use for arts and craft projects. You can use a food dehydrator or an oven to make these natural and colorful decorations. Hang them up on the tree or string them up into a garland for a festive winter craft.
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- Slice the oranges ¼ inch thick.
- Remove the seeds
- Place on the dehydrator and set the heat for 120 degrees.
- Oranges will dry in approximately 6 hours
5 hours to 18 hours. The temperature your dehydrator runs at and the thickness of the orange slices you will be dehydrating will determine how long it takes to dehydrate orange slices completely. It could take anywhere from 5 hours to 18 hours to completely dry the orange slices until they are dry and brittle.
Yes! If you don’t have a food dehydrator you can dry the slices in the oven. Read on for those instructions.
Make a garland by stringing them together on a ribbon
Hang them up as ornaments for your tree
Use as a garnish for a winter cocktail or dessert
Slices may still be slightly sticky, but they are usable and should not go moldy. If your slices are thick enough, make small holes in the skin with a cocktail stick and insert whole cloves. Any scraps of oranges can also be dried and used as potpourri, add cloves to thick pieces.
How to dry orange slices in the oven
If you don't have a food dehydrator you can dry oranges in your oven.
- Oranges or other citrus
- Parchment paper
Preheat oven to the lowest temperature it can go- or 120 degrees.
Slice the orange slices as thin as you can, about ¼ of an inch thick.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Cook in the oven for 6-8 hours.
You'll know the fruit is ready when it is hard and dry.
Try using other citrus like lemon or grapefruit.