How to Dry Oranges for Christmas
Let me show you how to dry oranges for Christmas! Drying oranges is guaranteed to put me in a festive mood, it is so easy to do and the house smells fabulous while I’m at it! I keep my eyes open for bargain bags of oranges (usually at the end of the day at the market), snap them up, slice them into 1-2cm slices, pat them dry and pop them into a low oven (120°C) for about three hours. It’s important to turn them every half hour or so and to put them on a metal cooling rack over a baking tray so the air can circulate around them easily and they don’t burn or stick but that’s it!
I hang some in the kitchen where the warm air from the oven ensures I am surrounded by their delicious citrus smell as I’m baking for Christmas. They are easy to thread onto pretty ribbons and I also pile them into a basket with pine cones, cinnamon sticks and walnuts which I put in front of the wood burner to fill the sitting room with the scent of Christmas.
I don’t have a mantle piece over my fire but if I did I would love to have a go at making a swag out of whole dried oranges, dried orange and apple slices and dried chillies like these beauties I saw at the Bath Christmas Market last year! Whole oranges take longer because of all that juice, you need to cut slits in the skin and put them in a very low oven for 12 – 24 hours. It’s worth making a batch or two of meringues, drying some chilli, peppers and tomatoes at the same time with all that lovely heat! Of course, if you have a dehydrator, you can just leave it ticking over happily!
I know this isn’t, strictly speaking, a recipe but I’m popping it into a printable just for you!
- Unbruised Oranges
- A tea towel
- A metal cooling rack
- A baking tray
- Slice oranges into 1-2cm thick slices
- Pat dry with a clean tea towel
- Place them on a metal cooling rack over a baking tray so that air can circulate around them easily and they don’t burn or stick.
- Pop them into a low oven (120°C) for about three hours.
- Turn them over every half hour or so
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