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Drying Orange Slices and Peel

 

Dried orange slices are lovely to use in Christmas crafts, as well as recipes. Although you can buy them, they are super simple to make at home - plus you get the added bonus of having the fragrance in your home!

 

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

 

If you are planning to use your slices in recipes, please bear in mind that you need to adhere to your usual food preparation practices, for example, hand washing and appropriate covered storage for them to be considered safe for consumption. We'd also recommend that you use unwaxed fruit if you are planning to consume them, and particularly so for the dried zest part of this tutorial.

For the dried slices, simply slice up your oranges evenly (ours are between 5-10mm) and spread out on a drying rack. It is useful to make holes now with a skewer if you plan to add string or a ribbon later. Leave your oranges to dry in a warm place turning occasionally. We have an Aga, so leave ours on top of that, but on top of a floor standing boiler or near a radiator works well too. Ours took about 24hrs to dry out.

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

To dry the rind simply par off the rind trying to avoid removing any pith with it. Spread it out on a piece of muslin, fold over the edges to protect, and leave on a drying rack to dry in a warm place. Citrus rind has a high concentration of the oils which gives the fruit its scent and flavour, and is delicious added to all manner of dishes - you can see us using it in our DIY Spice Bags here. You needn't stop with oranges, the above methods work equally well with any citrus fruit.

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

We'll be using our slices to decorate our wreath, in Pot Pourri, and as an embellishment for gift tags. They also look really pretty hanging on a Christmas Tree.

 

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

Drying Orange Slices and Peel - It's so simple to dry your own orange slices and peel at home - full instructions here. Use in both crafts and recipes

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22 Comments

  • Reply Millie

    these orange slices look so beautiful! they would be lovely on the tree or gifts! How long will they last or will they not mold once dried?
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    July 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I actually still have the one on the tartan ribbon hanging up, and I just checked it and its still fine (so that’s 8-9 months), so as long as they’re properly dried and are kept in a manner that air can circulate freely they keep well – certainly fine for presents, and the tree, although I wouldn’t use it for cooking now!

      July 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Abi

    wonderful inventive ideas
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    March 5, 2016 at 6:30 am
  • Reply Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    This is such a wonderful idea! It looks beautiful & I bet it would smell so lovely too. I’m going to pin this for next year! Thanks so much for sharing them with my holiday linky. I hope you have enjoyed your holidays x
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    January 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are a lovely thing to make – we have them dotted all over the place. We had a great holiday thanks – hope you did too x

      January 1, 2016 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply International Elf Service

    I love this post and have shared it in Christmas Traditions & Magic For Children over on facebook! X
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    December 15, 2015 at 9:54 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I don’t know what it is about orange slices, but there really is something lovely about them 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing x

      December 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Debs @ Super Busy Mum

    What a fabulously festive idea! I may just try this you know. Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up! #MMWBH
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    December 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

    Wow! I love this idea of having my home smelling all nice and fresh throughout Christmas! 🙂
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    November 29, 2015 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Jenny Eaves

    These look great! I will need to cut some oranges to dry , I love these and will need to make some for our tree I think. Really like the idea of them as tags for presents too.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x
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    November 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s such an easy thing to do at home – and so many different ways you can use them 🙂

      November 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    Thanks for sharing this! I have been toying with the idea of doing our own pot pouris bags as little gifts for christmas and this is super helpful!! Found you through #howtosundays
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    November 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Sara at Handy Herbs

    I had never considered making my own but it looks reasonably simple. I can imagine how lovely they would be! Thanks so much for sharing – I will be giving this a try 🙂 #HowToSundays
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    November 29, 2015 at 11:30 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Really is easy – would combine really well with all your lovely herbs 🙂

      November 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply chellie

    How do you store these, both the slices and the peels, do ensure they are safe for consumption?
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    November 25, 2015 at 11:35 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      As long as they are totally dry they’re fine in a jar or sealed container. I have actually kept mine wrapped in the muslin hanging up, they’d store well in a paper bag too. I’d advise against storing in the fridge as they’d start to absorb moisture again 🙂

      November 25, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Charlotte Oates

    What perfect timing, I was looking at some dried oranges in a shop today and wondering how easy it would be to make my own. This looks pretty straightforward so I’ll have to give it a try.
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    November 25, 2015 at 12:49 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It really is, and I’ve noticed the ones in shops are often discoloured – I imagine they must freeze dry or bake them. Doing it by this method they keep their lovely colour 🙂

      November 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

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