Drying Orange Slices for Garland, Cocktails, Gift Giving and More

Tis the season to make and create and be festive wherever you are. We thought a simple tutorial on how to dry citrus in your oven might be a great way to connect back to our senses and slow down to savor this holiday season. 

Below you will find a variety of ways that you can make and create with dried citrus slices. Enjoy! 

 

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 to 4 navel oranges or other citrus such as blood orange, lime or lemon
  • serrated knife
  • cookie sheet
  • paper towel or lint free cloth
  • parchment paper
  • twine
  • scissors
  • decorative ribbon
  • glass vessels for gifting or storing

 

How to dehydrate the citrus slices: 

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Slice oranges crosswise 1/8″ – 1/4″ thick using a sharp serrated knife, and pat slices dry with paper towel or cloth.
  4. Place in a single layer on baking sheet and bake for roughly 2.5 hours. Flip the slices over after about 1.25 hours.
  5. After 2.5 hours in the oven, remove any slices beginning to brown, and slide the remaining slices back in oven until dried and very slightly browned.
  6. Let cool completely before handling.

 

Making and creating with your dried citrus slices: 

 

GARLAND: 

We love making garlands for our tree and around our windows. They add a pop of color and holiday spirit!

  1. Once slices have cooled, use scissors to poke 2 holes about 1/2″ apart on orange slices.
  2. Thread oranges onto twine and voila, you have a fun and festive garland. 

 

ORNAMENT:

These make such sweet gifts or add to your seasonal holiday decor!

  1. Once slices have cooled, use scissors to poke a hole in each orange slice you'd like to make into an ornament, thread the orange with twine or decorative ribbon.
  2. Either hang on your tree or give as a gift to your family or friends.

CITRUS GARNISH:

Why not have a jar of dried citrus slices on hand to adorn the glass of your favorite cocktail, soda or even cup tea. 

  1. Once slices have cooled, use scissors to slice a slit from the outside to the center.
  2. Place on the rim of your glass of choice and fill with your favorite beverage.

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