Dried orange slices are easy to make, smell wonderful, and can be used in so many ways! Here's how to make your own DIY dried orange slices, plus some fun ways to use them.
Why You Should Make Dried Orange Slices
I love to have a bunch of dried oranges around during the holidays because they can be used as ornaments, in festive garlands, as garnish on holiday treats, or in potpourri.
You're going to find all sorts of fun ways to use dried citrus! They're ridiculously easy to make too.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
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Can any citrus fruit be sliced and dried?
You can use any type of citrus you'd like to make dried slices. They do take different amounts of time to dehydrate though. We haven't found anything that takes less than 2 hours at 200 degrees F (like lemons) and many take longer (like grapefruit) and may need up to 4 hours.
Keep an eye on your citrus while it's in the oven and check in every 30 minutes or so to make sure it's not burning.
How long do dried citrus slices last?
If your orange or other citrus slices have been completely dehydrated and are no longer sticky or have any moisture, then can last for a few years (probably 3 years maximum).
Personally, I don't save dried oranges for more than a year. Because they're easy to make each year, I use them for the season and then dispose of them.
Can you eat dried orange slices?
Yes, dried orange slices are edible! You can use them as a garnish, in baked goods, or just snack on them. They're especially delicious if you sprinkle them with a little sugar.
Do dried orange slices smell?
Yes, dried orange slices make your house smell super citrusy while you bake them and have a delightful subtle scent after they've been dried. They're wonderful added to potpourri or used in tablescapes or garlands for a citrusy scent.
How to Use Oven-Dried Oranges
You can use dehydrated oranges in DIY crafts and recipes. Here are some of our favorite ways to use dried citrus.
- DIY Citrus and Rosemary Garland - this beautiful garland is perfect for a mantle or doorway. It's easy to make and smells great.
- DIY Citrus Wreath - a beautiful and simple wreath that's easy to make.
- Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake - use dried citrus as a garnish for this beautiful cake.
- Citrus of your choice - navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mandarin oranges, etc.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
- Slice your citrus into 1/4 inch rounds.
- Place citrus slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 2 1/2 hours or until the orange slices are dry. If your citrus slices are thicker, they may need up to 4 hours in the oven.
1. If you are drying multiple kinds of citrus at the same time, keep an eye on them as some will dry faster than others. For instance, lemons dry much faster than grapefruit!