Dried Orange Slices
Dried orange slices are so easy to make and look fabulous. They are easy to make at home and will last for years if you look after them. Dried orange slices are perfect for decorating cakes and bakes. Perfect for a dried orange slice on your Christmas cocktails or being used for decorations around the home. I love using them as decorations on Christmas presents too.
Dried Orange Slices are a stunning piece of Christmas in my house. I use them as topping for my bakes (wonderful cupcake decorations) and for decorations to hang up on the tree and on Christmas presents.
They are also the perfect addition to a homemade wreath or potpourri to make your home smell incredible.
Why you’ll love this dried orange slices recipe
- They are easy crafts which are perfect for edible and non edible projects.
- Dried orange slices look brilliant for cocktail decorations.
- Orange slices can be used for cake decorations.
- Dried orange slices are a reusable and sustainable material.
- Once they’ve been used they can be composted.
- They require minimum effort to make.
- Dried orange slices can last for years.
How to make Dried Orange Slices
Making dried orange slices is very easy! They just need a long time in the oven to dry out.
Simply slice the oranges into slices. Please be careful when using knives. Dab as much of the juice off as you can. Place then slices on to the shelves of the oven. This helps the air get around them top and bottom. If they are on a baking tray it will take a lot longer as the air can’t get all the way round them.
Leave them for 3 hours. You can check them and turn them over and least once in that time. After 3 hours turn the oven off and leave the orange slices in the oven with the door closed. As the oven cools the oranges will dry out even more. Just make sure you remove them before putting the oven for your next dinner.
Sometimes they might still be a litle sticky so they can either go back in the oven or they can be left to dry out fully somewhere cool. I tend to leave them on a plate in a cool part of the kitchen and they’re done within a day.
Adding them to Christmas presents
Dried orange slices look very elegant tied on to a brown paper wrapped present with string and maybe a pine cone or cinnamon stick too. You can also add them to finely decorative wrapping paper. Dried orange slices look stunning against dark blue and green for a luxurious present tied with a white ribbon.
How do you make dried orange slices?
- Slice the oranges into 5-8mm slices. It looks thick but when they dry out they will go a lot thinner.
2) Once the pieces are sliced put them on kitchen paper and absorb as much juice as you can.
3) Place the orange slices on the oven shelves.
4) Pop in the oven for approximately 3 hours. But check the orange and turn them over after 45 minutes and then leave them. You can check after each hour just to be sure they are doing okay to stay safe.
Top tips and troubleshooting
Once the time is up leave them in the oven as the oven cools and they are ready. They might be a bit sticky or tacky but leave them somewhere dry to fully dry in the air if that is the case.
I recommend cutting the orange slices to 5mm thick. If you can make them thinner then they won’t need as long to dry or if they are a bit thicker then they will need a little longer.
What can use dried orange slices for?
I have made so many batches of these in time for Christmas. I use them for cake decorations, decorations for the tree and even tied to the presents to add a little foodie treat to go with the gift tag. Since they last for years you can make a load and keep them for last minute decorations.
I love having some saved for a last minute Christmas cake or cupcakes. The dried oranges always look gorgeous so they are a quick decoration which everyone will love.
Dried orange slices for gin
If you a regular reader of my blog you will know how much I love cocktails and creating easy ones that you can make at home. Making dried orange slices for gin is a great way to use the slices to make a cocktail look extra special so easily and with barely any effort.
Follow the recipe below to make the dried oranges in the oven.
When you are ready to have a cocktail night you can either add the dried orange slices in the hole to the glass or do a small cut to get them to balance on the side of the glass. Both ways they will look gorgeous and take your cocktails at home to the next level.
Check out my cocktail recipes to be inspired on what you can make.
Storing the dried oranges
Storing them is pretty easy and they will last for years if done right. Once you’ve made them pop them in a box or bag in a cool place. If you have time you can put them in a box with greaseproof paper but once they are dried they should be absolutely fine.
I have some which are about 5 years old which are still perfect for decorations. They are great at lasting if you don’t get them moist otherwise they might start going bad.
They will change colour over time so I think they will last a few years easily. If they lose their colour and you don’t want to throw them away. You can add them to a bag of Christmas potpourri or make your own.
Once you’ve used the dried orange slices for cake decorations/if they’ve come in contact with other food it would be best to dispose of them after use. The moisture from cakes and icing can cause them to start them going bad.
The house will smell amazing and fresh when you make them.
I would recommend checking on the orange slices every 45 minutes to make sure they haven’t fallen through the oven shelves.
Can you eat dried orange slices?
Yes you can east dried orange slices including the peel.
When you have made your oven-dried your orange slices, you can use them as a garnish and decoration for cakes, breakfasts and of course cocktails!
Using dried oranges on cakes and cocktails
If you are making dried oranges slices for cocktails and cakes I would suggest making them and storing them away from ones you want for decorations. Just to keep them hygienic.
If you are using dried orange slices on cakes or cocktails the moisture will rehydrate the oranges and they might get a little tacky or sticky. There is nothing wrong with this and it’s completely normal.
I would recommend throwing them in the food waste or bin after they’ve been used as decorations for cakes or cocktails, as we want to keep the culinary ones clean and ready to use. If they are in a good condition you can give them a light clean and add them to the decoration box so you aren’t wasting any.
How to make dried orange slices for Christmas decorations
This year I am threading orange slices on to a white pompom garland which I will hang up in the house. I will share a photo soon.
In my recipe below I go through the easy ways to make dried orange slices for Christmas decorations. There are so easy to make and I can’t stress that enough, they just take a while to dry out completely.
Once they are dry you can dream them like any other Christmas decoration. Hang them on the tree, sew them on to garlands or hang them from a branch or window. The middle flesh of the orange will allow the light through but give a beautiful orange glow.
At the windows, you really get to show this off. They also lovely tied on to our little wire fairy lights. They add some sparkle to the natural look of the oranges. If you want to try this add some cinnamon sticks too. It will look lovely.
How long do dried orange slices last?
Dried orange slices will last a few years, if not more if looked after well. Over time they will lose their colour slightly but they are still beautiful and useful. At home, I use the older ones in vases of Christmas potpourri where they will be able to blend into a mix. The first one I ever made 7 years ago are still used but not as orange anymore. They still look lovely.
Once dried store them in a cool dry place. My Christmas stash is kept in the attic with the Christmas decorations when not being used. There they are cool and should be out of the way of any moisture. You could make them years ahead for decorations. They are great at lasting if you don’t get them moist otherwise they might start going a little bit rotten.
It’s best to not keep the ones you’ve used for cake decorations or cocktails. If they’ve come in contact with other food, the moisture can cause the oranges to start rotting.
Dried orange slices recipe UK
This recipe can be made anywhere as you only need an oven and some oranges. Plus a knife and cutting board to slice the oranges.
In the UK the oven temperature is 80 degrees celsius. For American and those cooking on fahrenheit cookers I would recommend it being about 175 degrees fahrenheit.
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Dried Orange Slices
- chopping board
- Kitchen Paper
- 4 Oranges
- Preheat the oven to 80-90ºC / about 194ºF and remove the shelves.
- Slice the oranges into 5mm slices. It looks thick but when they dry out they will go a lot thinner. If you can cut them smaller then that also works and will be quicker to dry out.
- Once the pieces are sliced put them on kitchen paper and absorb as much juice as you can.
- Place the orange slices on the oven shelves.
- Pop in the oven for approximately 3 hours. But check the orange and turn them over after 45 minutes and then leave them. Check after each hour.
- Once the time is up leave them in the oven as the oven cools and they are ready. They might still be a bit sticky or tacky but leave them somewhere dry to fully dry in the air if that is the case.
- Allow them to cool and enjoy using them as decorations.
- In the UK the oven temperature is 90 degrees celsius. For American and those cooking on Fahrenheit cookers I would recommend it being about 194 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once the time is up leave them in the oven as the oven cools and they are ready. They might be a bit sticky or tacky but leave them somewhere dry to fully dry in the air if that is the case.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.