A few years ago Marilyn Beard of Just Making Noise wrote about how she was drying orange slices. I’ve done that to use the slices as Christmas tree decorations but the thought of eating those dried discs never occurred to me.
Marilyn has a cool blog with great ideas, so we HAD to give this a try. Besides, it seems that near the end of citrus season we always have more oranges than we can reasonably consume. The quantities are high and the prices are low. I have no willpower to resist.
Our food dehydrator is always ready to use on demand which makes it so easy to give a new idea a quick try. With our first batch of orange slices the color was bright and the texture crispy. We ended up with a gallon of dried slices and a kitchen that smelled heavenly.
The real measure of success in this house is not how lovely a food is or how good it smells, but will someone actually eat it. We brought out the dried orange slices in the fall when the bulk of the summer fruit harvest was gone. The orange slices were gobbled along with dried apple and pear slices. “Yum! Put some of those in my lunch bag,” my grandson suggested.
Thank you, Marilyn! We add a new member to the dried fruit stash we keep in the pantry.
This is so absurdly easy, you will want to give it try.
Dried Orange Slices Steps
- Wash and dry the fruit.
- Slice the oranges into 1/4 inch thick rings.
- If your oranges have seeds, pick them out. Our oranges are seedless, making this project a quick one.
- Arrange the slices on the dehydrator trays and set the heat to about 110 degrees. You could go with a higher heat and do the oranges in less time but the lower heat helps preserve the orange oil in the rind and with the oil comes the flavor.
- Depending on how large your oranges were initially, the drying time may be as long as two days. Start checking after the first day. The oranges should be crispy with no indication of moisture.
- Allow the slices to cool to room temperature before storing them in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids. We store ours in gallon-sized glass jars in order to enjoy the beauty of the fruit. Keep your containers in a cool dark place to preserve the color of the fruit.
Dried Orange Uses
- Quick snacks and travel food
- Grind into powder and use to flavor soups, stews, baked goods.