How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsDried Orange Slices Make Beautiful Natural Christmas Decorations

One of my favorite natural Christmas decorations is dried orange slices. Not only are they beautiful for Christmas, but they have many other uses as well. You can use them to add color and flavor to drinks, to top salads, to add to baked items, like scones, to add to cooking, such as Asian dishes, to use to make natural cleaning products, and more. One day I will buy a food dehydrator, but in the interim, this is how to dry orange slices in the oven.How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

To dry orange slices you will need:

  • Oranges
  • Knife or mandoline
  • Cooling rack (the type to cool cookies or cakes on)
  • Oven

To dehydrate orange slices:

  • Set your oven on the lowest setting possible.

How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Slice your oranges in fairly uniform slices that are about 1/4″ thick.

How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Lay the slices on a cooling rack.

How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Put the baking racks in your oven, directly onto your oven racks.

How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Leave the slices in the oven until they are thoroughly dry. They should have no moisture left in them and should be brittle/crispy. The flesh will be mostly transparent. Depending on how low your oven will go this may take anywhere from 6 – 48 hours.

How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
I use an embroidery needle to pull red ribbons through the orange slices to hang them from our Christmas tree, they look especially beautiful in front of white lights. If you want your ornaments to be 100% biodegradable, you can use a more natural fiber to hang them, such as a biodegradable twine.
How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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