Oven Dried Oranges

Oven Dried Orange Slices

Oven dried orange slices are beautiful, easy to make, and are a great addition to fall and holiday home décor.

Oven Dried Orange Slices

It’s become an annual fall tradition for me to make oven dried orange slices in preparation for the holidays. I love the look & smell of dried orange slices. They look beautiful in a Christmas garland or hanging on the Christmas tree as an ornament. They are also a great addition to stovetop potpourri for a delicious citrus scent.

The options of what you can do with oven dried orange slices are really endless!

Oven Dried Orange Slices

You may be thinking it’s a little early to be planning Christmas décor when fall hasn’t even officially begun?! You may be right (you guys know I started decorating for fall August 1st, right?). However, properly dried oranges can last for years, so getting a head start on these now, helps me later when the craziness of the holidays begins.

And…I have a couple of new ideas on how to incorporate beautiful oven dried orange slices into fall décor. You can see those ideas, here!

Oven Dried Oranges

How do you dry oranges in the oven?

The great thing about drying or dehydrating oranges is that you do not need to invest in a dehydrator.

Oranges can be dried in the oven by thinly & evenly slicing the oranges, placing slices on a parchment lined baking sheet, and drying in a 200 degree oven for about 4 hours.

Oven Dried Oranges

Steps to Drying Orange Slices in the Oven

1. Heat Oven to 200 Degrees

The most important step is to heat your oven to the proper temperature.

If your oven can go to a lower temperature, you can dry oranges at 170 degrees. You will achieve the same dried citrus results, however drying time will take a little longer.

Oven Dried Oranges

Convection ovens (or convection toaster ovens) are great for drying fruit. The convection oven fan helps to evenly circulate the steam, which is perfect for drying citrus. The moisture is evenly removed making the drying process move along faster.

2. Line Baking Sheet With Parchment Paper

Place orange slices on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. This will help prevent the orange slices from sticking to the baking sheet.

Orange Slices

3. Thinly & Evenly Slice Oranges

Thinly and evenly sliced oranges are the key to perfectly dried fruit. A mandolin is a great kitchen tool to achieving thin, even slices. A knife will also work, however you will want to make sure that the oranges are sliced evenly.

I sliced a combination of navel and mandarin oranges.

Orange Slices
Slices of Oranges

4. Oven Dry Orange Slices

Once the thinly, evenly sliced orange slices are placed on a parchment lined baking sheet (about 1/2″ apart between slices), add the baking sheet to the oven.

Orange Slices on a Baking Sheet

Bake the orange slices for approximately 4 hours (exact drying time will depend on oven, size of fruit, and thickness of slices). I flip the orange slices and rotate the baking sheet in the oven once every hour. This helps the fruit to dry evenly.

Remove the orange slices from the oven once they are completely dried and all moisture has been removed.

Oven Dried Orange Slices

How can you tell when dried orange slices are done?

Orange slices are done drying when the pulp of the orange appears glassy, similar to a stained glass window. If the orange slices are still tacky, it may need a little more time in the oven. Remember, the larger the slice, the longer it will take to dry in the oven.

Dried Oranges

How to Store Dried Orange Slices

Properly dried orange slices (all moisture removed from slices) can last for years.

Dried orange slices can be stored in a baggie or air-tight container in a dark, cool, humidity free location in your home. This allows the orange slices to last longer, and the slices will keep their beautiful, vibrant color.

Oven Dried Orange Slices

What kinds of citrus can be dried in the oven?

Any citrus can be dried in the oven. Drying times will vary based on the size & moisture content of the fruit.

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Grapefruit
  • Cara Cara Oranges
  • Navel Oranges
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Blood Oranges
Oven Dried Orange Slices

What to do With Dried Orange Slices

There are so many ways to utilize dried orange slices. They can be used as a garnish on food or drinks, eaten as a snack, or placed in a bowl for décor. Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Christmas Garland

Citrus & pine are a beautiful combination for the holidays. I loved the coziness this garland added to our kitchen window last Christmas.

Christmas Garland

2. Stovetop Potpourri

Last year I created homemade Christmas gifts for friends & family by combining dried fruit, evergreens, and seasonal spices in a mason jar for dried stovetop potpourri. This gift was a great way to share the coziness of our home with others!

Homemade Christmas Gift

3. Gift Tags

Dried orange slices are a beautiful, organic, and unexpected touch as a gift tag when added to Christmas gifts.

Christmas Tree

Check out this blog post for a new take on orange slices & candles!

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Fall Scents in the Kitchen

Crock Pot Potpourri With Fall Scents

Crock pot potpourri is a simple way to add the warm, inviting scents of fall to your home.

Crock Pot Potpourri for Fall

Fill your home with the delicious scents of fall with potpourri made right in the crock pot. Fall potpourri with fresh fruit and warm spices is an inexpensive way to make your home feel cozy on even the coolest of autumn days.

Aromas of Fall

As I’ve been bringing out totes of fall décor, and styling our home for the upcoming season, I’ve had our crockpot simmering away with fall potpourri to infuse our home with the scents of fall while I decorate.

The smell of fall is one of my favorites. I love this potpourri because it brings that warm, cozy fall feeling to our home with fruity apples, oranges, and cranberries mixed with warm cinnamon & spicy cloves.

Fall Potpourri

Creating your own seasonal potpourri in the crock pot (or on the stovetop) is a great way to permeate your home with aromas you love and make you feel cozy. It’s a fantastic, less expensive alternative to candles with scents that are natural, organic, and not overpowering to the nose.

This crock pot potpourri is warm and comforting. Exactly how fall should feel!

Ingredients for Fall Crock Pot Potpourri
Apples & Cranberries

Ingredients for Fall Crock Pot Potpourri

How to Make Crock Pot Potpurri

How to Make Crock Pot Potpourri

Cut apple into slices and orange into wedges.

Fill crock pot or slow cooker about 3/4 of the way full with water.

Pour vanilla extract into water. Add apple slices and orange wedges. Then place cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries on top.

Potpourri in Crock Pot

Turn the temperature to high leaving the lid off.

Check crock pot every hour or so to adjust the water level.

When done with potpourri for the day, place lid on pot and leave on counter. Potpourri will last about 3-4 days before it’s time to refresh with new ingredients.

Crock Pot Potpourri

Fall Crock Pot Potpourri Variations

Create your own fall crock pot potpourri by adding or substituting some or all of the ingredients. Other natural ingredients that will add the aroma of fall to your home:

  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Star anise
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Nutmeg
  • Almond extract
  • Pears
  • Juniper berries
  • Apple cider
Fall Potpourri
Apples, Cinnamon, Cloves, & Cranberries

Shop Small Crock Pots

I love having both a large crock pot as well as a small crock pot in our kitchen. I use each crock pot many times throughout the year depending on what I am slow cooking. If you don’t have a small crock pot, here are a few favorites that you can shop online.

Crock Pot Fall Potpourri

Can I make potpourri on the stovetop?

You sure can!

I shared three potpourri ideas that I simmered on our stovetop over the summer. To make this fall potpourri on the stove, simply add about 8 cups of water to deep pan or Dutch oven. Place your potpourri ingredients in the water and bring to a slow boil. Turn down the heat and simmer on low, replacing water as needed. For more details on how to make stovetop potpourri along with a few recipes, check out this blog post.

Crock Pot Potpourri

Gifting Seasonal Potpourri

Seasonal potpourri makes a great gift for the holidays! Check out this potpourri gift idea I gave to friends and family last year for Christmas. It was so easy to make and everyone loved it.

Hmmm…maybe I’ll make it for Christmas gifts again this year…

Crock Pot Potpourri
Fall Fruits & Spices

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