How to Dry Orange Slices for Crafts and Decor

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I absolutely love how versatile oranges are! You can preserve them by drying them, extending their lifespan, and opening up all sorts of creative possibilities like these 3 Scandi Holiday Decorations.

Dried oranges are stunningly beautiful and perfect for crafting. They add a cheerful splash of natural color in an effortless way. They make wonderful, eco-friendly additions to your decor. You can use them to decorate festive garlands, wreaths, centerpieces, or even charming ornaments, garnishes, and potpourri.

Here’s an easy guide to drying orange slices at home.

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Ingredients for Dehydrated Orange Slices

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Drying Orange Slices

Step 1: Prepare the Orange Slices

Begin by slicing your orange into thin pieces. Use a sharp knife to ensure the slices are even and precise.

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Step 2: Dry the Slices

Gently pat the orange slices with a clean towel or paper towel to remove excess juice.

Step 3: Prepare the Air Fryer

Line the base of the air fryer with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Step 4: Arrange the Slices

Place the orange slices on the parchment paper within the air fryer, spreading them out evenly. Ensure they do not overlap to allow proper airflow for even drying.

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Step 5: Dehydrate the Slices

Set the air fryer to 180°F and cook the orange slices for about an hour and a half. Flip them every 30 minutes to promote even drying.

Step 6: Cooling

After drying, transfer the orange slices to a wire cooling rack or a baking tray. Let them cool for about 10-15 minutes until they are hard, firm, and no longer sticky.

Your dried orange slices are now ready to be used in your favorite crafts, DIY or enjoyed as a delicious snack!

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How to Dry Orange Slices in an Oven

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the orange slices in a single layer.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C).
  3. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the orange slices for three hours, ensuring they dry completely.
  4. Flip the orange slices every 30 minutes to promote even heating and prevent the edges from curling excessively.

Watch the video below to see the outcomes of each orange drying method:

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Dehydrated Orange Slices

For optimal freshness, store your dried orange slices in a sealed container or zip-lock bag. Keep them in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place in your pantry to maintain their color and freshness for a longer period.

How Long Do Dried Orange Slices Last?

To maximize shelf life, ensure all moisture is removed from the orange slices during the drying process. Properly dried orange slices can last for years, making them ideal for decorations. However, if you plan to use them in recipes or as garnishes, it’s best to use them within a year to enjoy their best flavor.

How Long Does It Take to Dehydrate an Orange Slice?

Drying orange slices in an air fryer typically takes about an hour and a half. If you cut the slices thicker, they may need a bit more time to fully dehydrate.

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