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Dehydrated Orange Slices

If you like preserving, crafts, or things that smell amazing, then you are going to need this recipe for dehydrated orange slices! So easy to make, and the perfect way to use up excess oranges. Don't worry, you don't need to have a dehydrator, using the oven on a low temp is just fine for this simple method.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Basic
Cuisine: Anytime
Keyword: dehydrated orange slices, dried orange slices
Servings: 10 serves

Ingredients

  • Navel oranges (enough for your project or craft)
  • Coconut sugar (enough to coat the orange slices on both sides)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200F (95C).
  • Slice the oranges into approximately evenly sized thin slices .
  • Toss the orange slices in coconut sugar, making sure that both sides are coated.
  • Place the sugar coated slices in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.

To Make In The Oven

  • Place into the preheated oven and bake for one hour.
  • After cooking for one hour, turn the slices over and cook for another hour.
  • Turn the slices again and continue cooking in 25-30 minute intervals until the orange slices are completely dry and no longer holding any juice. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container such as a ziploc bag or a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.

To Make In A Dehydrator

  • Set the dehydrator to 135F (70C) and arrange the sugar-coated slices onto the trays of the dehydrator.
  • Allow to dehydrate for 5-7 hours, checking regularly after 3 hours. The amount of time needed to dehydrate will depend on the thickness of your slices.
  • Store in an airtight container once cooled.

Notes

Try using your dehydrated orange slices for the following projects and/or recipes:
  • Christmas ornaments - add a little string to the dried orange slices and pop onto the Christmas tree for some natural decorations
  • Wreaths and garlands - these would be perfect on a Fall inspired wreath
  • Homemade potpourri - homemade potpourri can be placed into glass jars and gifted during the Holiday season, or given as hostess gifts. Dehydrated oranges can be placed into the jar as well and look absolutely gorgeous! They last longer than fresh oranges, which would have to be used straight away
  • Mulled drinks: dehydrated oranges are perfect when added to a nice warming drink like mulled wine. Add some for the cooking process and add a fresh one when serving. You can also cut one of half and serve it on the side of the glass for a beautifully presented drink
  • Hot Cider: like a mulled drink above, dehydrated oranges add a great pop of flavour and colour to a homemade cider like this one: Spiced Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider
  • Orange salt or sugar: add a slice of dried orange to a container of sugar or salt to add a lovely little hint of orange flavour in there
  • Homemade soaps and candles: add to these crafts for a great pop of colour and a beautiful scent
  • Garnish: use as a garnish for drinks and some recipes like a Holiday ham
  • Chocolate dipped: dip the dried slices in some melted chocolate, allow to set, and you have a delicious and punchy snack
  • Drinks: use them to flavour water and tea