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Here is how to dry orange slices in the oven for future projects.
As we continue to celebrate the fall season, we can’t help but think ahead to Christmas. Jenn and I like to be prepared well in advance of the holidays. Here is how to dry orange slices in the oven for garlands, potpourri and more.
We like to do things ahead of time, just like our Christmas in July ideas. This keeps us organized and ahead of the holiday rush. DIY ornaments, gift-making, meal planning and baking lists are already complete. Don’t worry! You do NOT need to be this far ahead by any means.We have to be ahead of the game so that we can bring you all of the ideas well in advance of Christmas.
This year I am doing an old fashioned Christmas theme as one part of my decor. It made me think of drying orange slices as part of the theme.They are perfect for garlands to hang on the Christmas tree or mantel. You can even use them to make your own potpourri for your home or for gifting.
Here is how to dry orange slices, it’s so easy!
- parchment paper
- sharp serrated knife
- paper towels
- Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees
- Using a sharp serrated knife, cut orange slices in 1/4 inch slices
- Lay slices on paper towels, and blot dry with another paper towel.
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Lay orange slices in single layer on top of parchment paper.
- Bake for 2 hours, turning oranges over halfway through bake time.
- Now bake in 15 minute increments until the orange slices are dry.
- Let cool completely.
For best results, let slices air dry for 24 hours after removing them from the oven.
Drying orange slices in the oven is so easy. Many years ago I did this with a friend using a dehydrator. Personally, I felt like it was a lot of work and took way more time than this oven process.
Why dry orange slices?
Dried orange slices can be used in a lot of ways. In the future we will show you how we are using ours. The best part is that they are still fragrant after drying. Another benefit is that the orange slices last for a long time.
They are perfect to use in garlands for fall or Christmas. We will also show you how to make potpourri for your home or as a gift.
Another bonus is that drying your own orange slices is a money-saver. You can see how I used fresh oranges in my crock pot fall potpourri.
Have you dried oranges before? We’d love to hear about your process.