Wondering how to dry oranges slices? Make easy dried orange slices for old fashioned garland for Christmas, dried fruit for Christmas decorations, or a simple nature garland and nature crafts for kids any time of year! Here’s how to dry oranges in oven for decoration and even snacking.
How Do You Dry Orange Slices For Christmas Decorations?
Learning how to dry oranges for decoration is a fun holiday craft. They make a perfect Christmas garland for trees or DIY Christmas garland for fireplace, but we loved it so much that we hung it with our nature crafts in our homeschool room and kept it up all year! So this can be used for more than just a Christmas decoration!
Before we get to how to make dry oranges Christmas decorations or drying oranges for snacks, let’s answer some common questions…
What can I do with dried orange slices?
Ideas of what to do with dry oranges:
- Make Christmas garland for Christmas trees or fireplace mantles
- Make nature garland
- Create candied oranges for a sweet treat
- Use them to decorate holiday food recipes
- Put them on Christmas cupcake or cakes
- Use them in potpourri
- Add them to mulling spices for wine
- Garnish drinks with oranges that have been dried
- Float them in holiday punch for Christmas parties
- Add them to hot tea
- Dry oranges for decoration
- Make chocolate dipped dried oranges
- Eat them!
How do you dehydrate oranges for garland?
Learning how to dry oranges for garland (or make dehydrated oranges) is easier than you think. You can dry slices of oranges (peel on) in the oven in a single layer at 200°F for up to 3 hours. Remove from oven once oranges are dry and before they turn dark.
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Do dried oranges smell good?
Dried oranges smell very good when you’re drying the oranges in the oven. The orange essence will fill the entire house! Once they’ve been dried, they will still smell good, but it’s not as strong. You can still use them in potpourri, though!
Are dried oranges edible?
Dried oranges are edible (even the peel, if you wish), but some find them a little bitter. If you want sweet dry oranges, make candied oranges by boiling orange slices in water and sugar and then drying in the oven. Both regular dried oranges and
How do you hang dried oranges?
Once you dry oranges, pierce the top of the orange with a small nail or pen tip. Then, thread the natural twine through the dried oranges for garland or decorations. You can also loop a ribbon through the middle of the oranges and tie them for decorations.
How long does dried orange garland last?
If you’re wondering how long will dried orange slices last, just know that they can last a long time — sometimes up to 2 years or more, especially if the oranges are dried plain and are not candied oranges with sugar on them. (Once you sugar the fruit, it may attract insects to your tree or decorations.)
If you’re looking to make an inexpensive Christmas garland, look no further than nature and the resources around you!
Here’s how to dry out oranges slices for your projects or even for edible dried orange snacks.
How To Dry Oranges in the Oven
If you’re wondering how do you dry oranges in oven and for Christmas decorations, for fruit garland, or to make a natural garland, this is it!
(How to dry sliced oranges is easier than you think!)
How to dry oranges and lemons for Christmas decorations is the same process (and even drying limes). Follow the same craft directions listed below.
Also, if you’re wondering how do you make dried orange ornaments, this is the same process. Instead of hooking the dry oranges together to form a garland, just loop twine or a ribbon around them to hang on the tree. They make really easy DIY Christmas decorations!
Sometimes it’s difficult to cut thin slices of oranges evenly. If you have trouble slicing them by hand, try using a mandoline slicer.
OK, let’s get to how to make dry fruit garland and how to dry oranges (and even other dried citrus for garland).
- 1 orange
- Sharp knife
- Nail or skewer (to make holes in dried oranges)
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Carefully slice oranges (circle slices), about 1/4 inch thick. Pick out any seeds from the slices.
- Gently blot orange slices with paper towels to remove excess juice.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Arrange orange slices in single layer on parchment paper in baking sheet. Do not overlap.
- Place baking sheet in oven. Bake for 40 minutes and flip the orange slices over to the other side. Bake for another 40 minutes and flip the slices over, then back for the last 40 minutes.
- If needed, dry for an extra 30 minutes. When dry, the flesh will be translucent and peel dry (maybe a little dark). DO NOT DRY UNTIL CRISPY.
- Allow to cool before using for crafts or garland or for eating.
One large orange will make about 6 slices. Use as many oranges/slices as you need, but be sure not to overlap them when drying.
Can you dry oranges in the microwave?
If you’re wondering can you dry fruit in the microwave, the answer is yes! Place your orange (or fruit) slices in a single layer on a paper towel and microwave them at 50% for 5 minutes. Check the fruit slices. If they are still juicy and not dry, microwave for additional 2 minute increments (without them turning crispy!).