Dried 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.
To dry orange slices you will need:
- Knife or mandoline
- Cooling rack (the type to cool cookies or cakes on)
To dehydrate orange slices:
- Set your oven on the lowest setting possible.
- Slice your oranges in fairly uniform slices that are about 1/4″ thick.
- Lay the slices on a cooling rack.
- Put the baking racks in your oven, directly onto your oven racks.
- 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.
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.