To appease my mother this holiday we are trying to downplay all our Christmas décor. You are a scrooge Mama!
Not really, she is just much more of a minimalist then I am. And since I’ve got my stinky old dog, snore-a-holic husband and two wild-thing children living here over Christmas, I thought the least I could do was respect her decorative wishes.
I figured we could get away with MORE if we used natural elements. Like gingerbread, pinecones and dried oranges. We had a BLAST making the gingerbread ornaments and I totally thought the dried orange slices would be just as fun. And they were. For the kids. Who ate all the scraps. Not for me. Who meticulously cut all those little orange slices.
Was it worth it?
Totally. Those suckers turned out beautifully!
Want to torture yourself too? Here is how I made my dried orange slices! Save yourself a little drama, read all the way to the bottom for my best practices and tips.
Start with the fruit.
Get an assortment, the colors are all different and they look beautiful and more vibrant when dried.
Do not let your husband pick out the fruit, because when you say “make sure your get FIRM citrus” he will just come home with prepackaged bags.
Really though, get the firmest citrus you can find. It cuts so much easier and there is a lot less juice.
Get as much as you think you might need. An orange makes about 4-5 good slices. A tangelo about 3.
I used probably 15 total and it made quite a bit!
Cut your fruit.
I started out using a paring knife and that was a disaster. Go with a serrated knife, works perfectly.
You want to cut your fruit as thin as you can without it falling apart.
I did dry some of the ends but I don’t like them as much as I thought I would. Totally up to you.
Place in the Dehydrator
Okay, so in all my research I figured I could put these on about 150 degrees for 12 hours or so.
Yea. That didn’t happen.
I swear I had these things going for three days straight. My dad was threatening to kick me out if he had to listen to the hum of the dehydrator anymore after the 3rd day.
Maybe it was my dehydrator, which I paid all of $30 for at Aldi, but in the end, they FINALLY came together. Make sure you get all the moisture and juice out, otherwise they could mold, which would be gross.
One of the things that I love about these dried orange slices and the gingerbread ornaments is that they smell amazing! It’s a nice way to add a little Christmas smell to your home without pumping chemicals into the air.
I put these up while my mom was at work and she loved the results!
What do you think??
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