Are you looking for a simple and budget-friendly way to add zest to your home decor or menu? Look no further than dried orange slices! Dried orange slices can be used in wreaths, garlands, potpourri, and even in your morning cup of tea. Best of all, they’re easy to make at home with just a few simple steps. In this article, I’ll share my personal tips on how to dry orange slices so that you can enjoy this delightful craft in your own home.
See also how to dehydrate citrus slices.
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How To Dry Orange Slices
Prepare orange slices for drying
To prepare orange slices for drying, follow these steps:
- Wash the oranges thoroughly to remove any dirt or residue.
- Cut the oranges into thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick. You can also cut them into wedges or other shapes if desired.
- Place the orange slices in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes. This helps remove excess juice and prevent the slices from turning brown.
- Drain the orange slices and pat them dry with a towel or paper towel.
How to dry orange slices in the oven
To dry orange slices in the oven:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the orange slices on the baking sheet, making sure they are not touching or overlapping.
- Preheat the oven to the lowest setting (around 140-150°F).
- Place the tray of orange slices in the oven and let them dry for 6-8 hours, or until they are dry and leathery.
- Check on the slices every few hours and rotate the tray if necessary to ensure even drying.
How to dry orange slices in the air fryer
To dry orange slices in an air fryer, follow these instructions:
- Arrange the orange slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure the slices are not touching or overlapping.
- Set the air fryer to the lowest temperature setting (around 140-150°F) and let the orange slices dry for 6-8 hours, or until they are dry and leathery.
- Check on the slices every few hours and shake the basket if necessary to ensure even drying.
How to dry orange slices in a dehydrator
To dry orange slices in a dehydrator, follow these steps.
- Arrange the orange slices on the dehydrator trays, making sure they are not touching or overlapping.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying fruit in your dehydrator. It usually takes about 8-12 hours to dry orange slices in a dehydrator, depending on the humidity and the thickness of the slices.
How to dry orange slices in the microwave
I don’t recommend drying orange slices in the microwave as the microwave does not provide the low, consistent heat needed for drying fruit. The high heat of the microwave can cause the orange slices to cook or become rubbery, rather than drying them.
Will orange slices dry naturally?
Orange slices can dry naturally if they are left exposed to low humidity and air circulation, but the process can take several days or even weeks. It is not a practical or efficient way to dry orange slices, especially if you want to use them in recipes or preserve them for a longer period of time.
Read more about dehydrating oranges.
Storing dried orange slices
Once the orange slices are completely dry, you can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. Make sure the container is completely sealed to protect the orange slices from moisture and prevent them from becoming soft or moldy.
You can also freeze the dried orange slices for longer storage.
To freeze the orange slices, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen orange slices to a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container and return them to the freezer. The orange slices will keep in the freezer for up to 1 year.
How to dry orange slices and keep the color?
Soak the orange slices in a mixture of lemon juice and water before drying them. The lemon juice will help to prevent the orange slices from turning brown due to oxidation.
How long will dried orange slices last?
Dried orange slices will last for up to 6 months when stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. To extend the shelf life of the dried orange slices, you can store them in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Are dried orange slices good for you?
Dried orange slices can be a healthy and convenient snack, as long as they are prepared and stored properly. Dried orange slices are a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients, and they can provide a burst of natural sweetness without adding added sugars or artificial sweeteners.
However, it is important to note that drying orange slices removes some of the water content, which can concentrate the natural sugars and calories. Dried orange slices may also contain added sugars or preservatives if they are purchased from a store, rather than being made at home.
How to rehydrate orange slices
- Place the dried orange slices in a small bowl or a cup.
- Pour enough water or liquid over the orange slices to cover them completely.
- Let the orange slices soak for 10-15 minutes, or until they are fully rehydrated and plump.
- Drain any excess liquid and use the rehydrated orange slices as desired.
You can also microwave the orange slices for a faster rehydration process. To do this, place the orange slices in a microwave-safe dish and add enough water or liquid to cover them. Microwave the orange slices on medium power for 1-2 minutes, or until they are fully rehydrated.