DIY Dried Oranges

DIY Dried Oranges

You’ve surely seen dried oranges in potpourri, holiday garlands and all kinds of decorations, but did you know they are SO easy to make at home for just pennies on the dollar? Sweet little bags of these dried oranges sell for $10 a bag close to home, so I get a little kick out of knowing that I can create them for myself!

The best part is that this project is super simple and only takes a few minutes of prep. You’ll need some oranges, and a few other supplies that you almost certainly already have around the house. I often make these the day after Thanksgiving and then use them in everything from gift wrap and holiday garlands to cake or cocktail decorations – the sky is the limit! I’m also a fan of getting my kids involved in hanging some around the house.

Watch Me Make My DIY Dried Oranges

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How To Make My DIY Dried Oranges

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 225° F.

Step 2. Rinse and dry the oranges, then slice crosswise into thin rings about ¼ to ⅛ inch thick.

Step 3. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the orange slices in a single layer.  Pat them dry on both sides with a paper towel.  

Step 4. Cook for 4 to 4 ½ hours, until totally dry to the touch, flipping them over every 30 minutes.  They will crisp up even more as they cool.

Step 5. Cool completely before using to decorate wrapped gifts, string onto garlands, or to decorate cocktails or cakes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Step 6. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • Use whatever citrus you have on hand – this works well with lemons, grapefruit etc
  • If you’re building a garland, reach for your favorite herbs to add a little something extra! My go-to’s are rosemary and sage

My DIY Dried Oranges are special because:

They’re low cost but bring so much holiday spirit to the home!

They can be used in so many different ways – garlands, cake and cocktail decorations… the list goes on!

They store in an airtight container for up to a month

More Holiday Ready Recipes:

DIY Christmas Holiday Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

Holiday Chex Mix with Brown Butter and Herbs

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly (Gluten Free, Vegan)

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DIY Dried Oranges

You've surely seen dried oranges in potpourri, holiday garlands and all kinds of decorations but now its your turn to make them at home for just pennies on the dollar

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium oranges cara cara and blood oranges are my go-to

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 225° F.
  • Rinse and dry the oranges, then slice crosswise into thin rings about ¼ to ⅛ inch thick.
  • Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper and arrange the orange slices in a single layer.  Pat them dry on both sides with a paper towel.
  • Cook for 4 to 4 ½ hours, until totally dry to the touch, flipping them over every 30 minutes.  They will crisp up even more as they cool.
  • Cool completely before using to decorate wrapped gifts, string onto garlands, or to decorate cocktails or cakes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.
Keyword Citrus, Dried Oranges, Oranges
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