How-to: dried orange slices for your winter décor

Winter comes and with it comes orange season! I love the smell of freshly cut slices of orange, but have you smelled them baked? Or have you ever boiled some orange rinds with rosemary or cinnamon? Well, that’s a post for another time. Today we’re baking them! Yep, we dehydrate them in the oven. Dried orange slices can be used for any type of décor around your home. I’d like to share with you my method for drying oranges.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 5-7 oranges in different sizes
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling trays

First, preheat your oven at 200F. Place the cooling trays on top of the cookie sheets. Using cooling trays on top of the baking sheets helps keeping the oranges from getting stuck, and it helps them dehydrate evenly. I wanted to take more advantage of the oven time, so I used our air fryer rack as well.

Cut the oranges in slices. Make sure they’re not too thin, maybe 1/5 of an inch would be good. Place the slices on top of the cooling trays. Make sure not to overlap them. Place them in the oven for 4 hours.
Yep, four hours. No, it’s not too long. It’s just the perfect time to get them dehydrated. Sit back and enjoy the smell!

Once your orange slices are ready, you can start decorating your home. Every year I like to replace the garland on our kitchen window. I also use them to make ornaments for our Christmas tree. Biodegradable is the new black! I had to make a whole round of orange ornaments this year since the previous ones were used for two years! They were looking kind of sad this year, to be honest.

Here’s this gallery with visual instructions for the garland:

NOTES:
* Do not try to save time adding more temperature to the oven. Be patient!
* Use a big needle to thread the slices either for a garland or ornaments
* You can add a pop of smell and color to the slices with rosemary, cinnamon, or my star anise!
* Use cotton cord, baker’s twine (I get my baker’s twine at the Dollar Tree), or use any other natural thread, such as jute string, which by the way looks so beautiful



I hope you get festive with this idea!

 Michelle | con limón, please


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