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Monday, April 15, 2024

How to Dry Oranges


By now most people who are going to have Christmas trees have them up. But if you are like us it is slow going this year. I made a Christmas Cactus and it is decorated! But I talked my husband into a real tree, and while we have chopped it down and set it up- it’s still not very decorated.

I wanted to use some old fashioned decorations on it. Since putting it up I have been looking at ideas for what to put on it, we have decided on dried fruit ornaments and popcorn garland. To begin I found how to dry oranges.

Oranges can be strung together to create a garland, or simply hung as ornaments as we did. Another added benefit is they smell really good!

To dry the oranges I heated the oven to 250* and sliced the oranges into as skinny of a slice as I could. These naval oranges were getting old so it did prove a little difficult to not smash them. I grabbed a couple clementine oranges as well that were still very fresh and they did not smash near as easily.

Once cut up, I arranged on a cookie sheet. I found no need to spray with any sort of nonstick spray, this didn’t create any issues.

In the oven I sort of just forgot about them for a couple hours. I went on about my day, and after probably 2.5 hours went back to check them. This was a good time to flip them and let the other side dry out more.

After about another 2 hours I checked again and my oranges were completely dry. We chose to poke a hole with a knife and add ribbon. Again, there is a variety of ways to hang the oranges, this is by far the easiest I could come up with, though.

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Madison VanRavensway
Madison VanRavensway
Don't let her quiet nature fool you. Madison is a force to be reckoned with in the outdoors, or creating amazing recipes from scratch.
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