Do you have a lot of oranges that you need to get rid of? Are you looking for a way to preserve them so they don’t go bad? If so, then you’re in luck!
In this article, we will discuss the step-by-step process of drying orange slices.
There are three methods that we will cover:
- drying orange slices in the oven,
- drying orange slices in a dehydrator,
- and drying orange slices in the microwave.
So no matter what your needs are, we have you covered.
The Benefits of Drying Orange Slices
Drying orange slices is a great way to enjoy the taste and smell of oranges while also benefiting from their nutritional content. Unlike fresh oranges, dried orange slices are shelf-stable and can last for months without degradation. Additionally, drying oranges concentrates their natural sugars, making them a perfect snack for those who crave something sweet.
Nutritionally, dried orange slices are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is essential for immune function, and they also contain dietary fiber, which helps to regulate digestion. What’s more, the process of drying oranges is relatively simple and does not require any special equipment, though we will cover some methods that do—from the oven to a dehydrator and your microwave.
SEE ALSO: A Guide to Dehydrating Oranges
How to Dry Orange Slices
Drying Orange Slices in the Oven
Fresh, dried oranges are a delicious and healthy snack that is easy to make at home.
- The first step is to wash the oranges and slice them into thin rounds. For extra thin and even slices that will be easy to eat, use a mandolin for slicing.
- Next, arrange the slices on a wire rack or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the slices are not touching each other, as this will prevent them from drying evenly.
- Then, set the oven to the lowest possible temperature (around 200 degrees Fahrenheit) and place the rack or baking sheet inside. Check on the oranges every hour or so, flipping them over if necessary.
- Depending on the thickness of the slices and the temperature of the oven, it should take between 3 and 5 hours for the oranges to dry completely.
Once they are dry, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool before storing them in an airtight container. Enjoy your homemade dried oranges as a healthy snack, or use them to decorate cakes and other desserts.
Drying Orange Slices in a Dehydrator
If you’re lucky enough to own a food dehydrator, you are going to love drying orange slices once your first batch is finished. Follow these steps, and you’ll be enjoying dried oranges in your tea before you know it.
- First, wash the oranges thoroughly and slice them into thin rounds. Make sure to remove any seeds.
- Next, arrange the orange slices on the dehydrator racks evenly spaced, making sure they don’t touch each other.
- Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees Fahrenheit, or the vegetable/fruit setting, and let it run for anywhere between five and ten hours, depending on the thickness of the slices and how many are in the machine at once.
When they’re done, store the dried oranges in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Dried oranges will last for several months if stored properly.
Drying Orange Slices in the Microwave
You read that right—you can absolutely dry oranges in your microwave. This method may come in handy if you’re a student living in a dorm room and don’t have access to a full kitchen. It’s also great for anyone who just wants to try it out to see if it really works.
Drying orange slices in a microwave is a quick and easy way to preserve them for later use. The process only takes a few minutes, and the results are impressive.
- Start by washing the oranges and then slice them into thin pieces.
- Next, arrange the slices on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with five paper towels. Any less than five won’t be enough to absorb the excess moisture coming from the oranges, and any more is unnecessary (unless you have a huge microwave).
- Set the microwave to the defrost setting, and let it run for seven minutes. Remove the plate from the microwave and let the slices cool for a few minutes.
The oranges will be dried but still slightly pliable. If you want to make them even drier, simply return them to the microwave for an additional minute at a time, as needed.
Storing Dried Orange Slices
If your dried oranges are not stored properly, they can quickly become hard and undesirable. The key to keeping your dried orange slices fresh is to keep them out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
An airtight container in a cool, dark cupboard is the ideal storage spot. When you’re ready to use them, simply remove them from the container and enjoy. With proper care, your dried orange slices will stay soft and pliable for months.
Drying orange slices is a great way to preserve their fresh flavor and enjoy them all year round. The process is simple and only requires a few hours of your time. Whether you choose to dry your oranges in the oven, in a dehydrator, or in the microwave, the end result will be delicious.