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How to dry orange slices

Drying orange slices is something I love to do every year. It is a really satisfying process and the decorations look really rustic and smell festive too.

How to dry orange slices

If you want to attempt to have a go - here are my instructions:

You will need:

  • About four oranges, any variety will do but I used navel oranges.

  • Tin foil

  • A baking tray

  • String or ribbon

  • Cloves and star anise (optional)

How to dry oranges:

  • Set the oven quite low about 180 degrees.

  • Line a baking tray with tin foil.

  • Slice four oranges about 1-2 cm thick.

  • Lie them on tin foil in the baking tray, I studded a few with cloves and pressed a couple of star anise into the centre of some as an experiment.

Turn the slices over after about 45 minutes (some were a bit brown where the juices start to run out!)

Check them again about half an hour later and turn them over.

Leave them in for around two hours - I ended up turning the oven

down lower (about 150 degrees) as some were getting burnt.

Make more than you need as some will not look as good as others.

I took them out of the oven and left them to cool in a bowl and dry out a bit more.

The following day I made a little hole in the slice with a knife and threaded string and ribbon through and hung them on the tree.

Do you guys make your own decorations?

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