Bring the fragrance of Christmas into your home with Dried Orange Slices. Learn how to make these easy, homemade orange slices for the holiday season.
A favorite Christmas activity, sometime in early December, preferably on a wintry, snowy (in my dreams) kind of day, I love to make dried orange slices for my kitchen Christmas tree.
It’s like a mini-vacation from the hubbub of the season. A stress-free day to recoup from crazy, hectic schedules.
The aroma from my oven is like Christmas incense, evoking memories of a simpler time.
Of all the trees in our house, and I do love them all, there is something special about my kitchen tree. It’s loaded with all things natural, homemade … whole.
On this rustic, homemade tree, I fasten to the branches dried orange and apple slices studded with cloves and usually tied with raffia. I always make gingerbread cookies and sometimes gingerbread stars tied with satin or grosgrain ribbon and trim the tree with cranberries. Sometimes I even tie individual cinnamon sticks for extra sensory excitement.
Drying oranges is a simple and rewarding task, perfect for a wrapping day or a Christmas card day … or any stay-at-home day.
What You Need to Make Dried Orange Slices
- 2 oranges
- handful of whole cloves
- sharp knife
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
How to Make Dried Orange Slices
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Lay slices of oranges on paper towels and blot as much juice from the oranges as possible. Place several clove studs in each orange slice.
Transfer orange slices to the prepared baking sheet, not touching, and bake in preheated oven for 4 to 6 hours, turning periodically so that they can dry on both sides.
Thread ribbon, raffia, or another medium through slices after they’ve been dried to use in wreaths, arrangements, or as ornaments.
- 2 large navel oranges, sliced into 1/4′ slices
- a handful of whole cloves
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay slices of oranges on paper towels and blot as much juice from the oranges as possible. Place several clove studs in each orange slice.
- Transfer orange slices to the prepared baking sheet, not touching, and bake for 4 – 6 hours, turning periodically so that they can dry on both sides.
- Thread ribbon, raffia, or another medium through slices after they’ve been dried. Perfect for wreaths, arrangements, and ornaments.