Dehydrated orange slices make a beautiful garnish for your favorite cocktails and mocktails. They can also be used as beautiful holiday decorations. With our step by step instructions, you can can easily dehydrate any variety of oranges that you wish. Drying orange slices might seem a little daunting or tricky - but it's not at all with our easy to follow, instructions and detailed photographs.
In this post, I will teach you how to dry orange slices at a low temperature in the the oven. The results are just beautiful! The dried blood orange slices make the perfect garnish for our Blood Orange Bourbon Smash. These gorgeous oven dried oranges can also be made into a beautiful dried orange slice garland for the holiday season.
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Our recipe for dehydrated orange slices is easy to follow and the oven drying process is just so easy to do
- You'll love have a beautiful mason jar of dehydrated orange slices around -and they make a great garnish for all of your cocktails and drinks.
- Adding these beautiful citrus slices to any drink gives it an extra special vibe.
- This oven-drying method takes 3-4 hours start to finish depending on the thickness of the slices. Once the orange slices are in the oven, it's just a matter of waiting for them to finish drying out.
- Oranges - use any variety that you would like. For this batch, I used blood orange and navel.
Use Other Citrus Fruits - Dehydrated citrus is a beautiful thing and it's fun to mix it up! Slice the fruit thin and follow the same baking instructions for the dehydrated orange slices. Use the dehydrated lemons, limes and grapefruit slices as cocktail garnishes.
🥣 Instructions for Dehydrated Orange Slices
Be sure to see the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and detailed instructions.
Use a chef's knife to thinly slice a variety of oranges.
Arrange orange slices on parchment paper arranged on a cookie sheet.
Bake orange slices at 170° for 2 hours. Flip each slice over. Bake for an additional 2 hours.
Cool orange slices completely. Store dehydrated orange slices in an airtight container for up to one year.
Hint: Make a large batch of dehydrated orange slices at one time. The dried oranges keep well in an airtight container for up to a year.
🤓 Expert Tips
Use a Variety of Fresh Oranges - Navel, Cara Cara and Blood Oranges all work well for this recipe. Dehydrating a variety of dried orange slices means that you will have plenty of garnishes for all of you cocktails and mocktails.
Keep the Thickness of the Orange Slices the Same - for best results, slice the orange slices thin, trying to keep them all around the same level of thickness. This is the easiest way to be sure that the slices all dry out in the same amount of time.
Try to Find Seedless Oranges - Try and find seedless oranges or pop the seeds out as you slice the oranges.
Store the slices of dehydrated oranges in a mason jar or other zip lock bag at room temperature. The dried orange slices will last for a year or more!
🎄How to Make a Dried Orange Garland
Making a dried orange garland is a fun way to create a beautiful holiday decoration. Just follow a few simple steps. Once your oranges have cooled, use a toothpick, nail, or bamboo skewer to poke a hole on each side of an orange slice. Run a piece of twine or a thin piece of ribbon through the holes to connect the orange slices. On each end, attach a small piece of ribbon or twine and create a loop. The loop is helpful for hooking over a tree branch or nail when hanging your citrus garland.
⭐️ Recipe FAQs About
For this recipe, we baked the orange slices at 170° for four hours. Some larger oranges will take an additional hour in the oven. Dried oranges will be stiff and no longer pliable when they are finished.
There are many ways to dehydrate oranges. In the oven, in a dehydrator and some people even dehydrate oranges in the air fryer. The best way to dehydrate oranges is truly the way that works best for you. I love the oven method because you can set the oranges up and leave them to dehydrate for the day.
A dried fruit garland can last as long as 2 years if stored in a cool, dry place. I like to wrap mine in tissue paper and store in a plastic bag or small container to keep away any excess moisture.
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Dehydrated Orange Slices
- 4-6 oranges thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 170°
- Slice oranges into very thin slices - about 1/16th of an inch.
- Arrange orange slices on 1-2 parchment lined sheet pans.
- Bake orange slices for 2 hours.
- Flip orange slices over and bake for an additional 2 hours.
- Allow dehydrated orange slices to cool completely.
- Store dehydrated orange slices in an airtight container for up to one year.
- Use orange slices as a garnish for your favorite cocktail or mocktail.