Drying Oranges

Drying orange slices is probably one of the easiest, most affordable and most festive DIYs that one could do during the month of December. I’ve been using them in my flatlays lately, and they’ve given my photos a rustic, cosy feel that I absolutely adore. If you’re looking for something Christmassy to do, without creating too much of a mess or making too much of a fuss, then I would highly recommend baking up a batch or two of these. Bonus: your kitchen will smell incredible! This year was the first time that I had ever attempted this (inspired by Zoella’s Easy Festive DIY Ideas video), and I know that it will now be incorporated into my own personal Christmas traditions in the years to come.

There is only one ingredient: oranges. I got about twelve slices from one average-sized orange, so grab as many as you need. Before beginning, I do recommend preheating your oven to about 80-90 degrees Celsius. While the oven warms up, slice your oranges and lay them out on two layers of paper towels. This will help drain some of the juice from the orange slices, which ultimately speeds up the baking process. I added another two layers of paper towels on top of the oranges too. Once you have finished slicing the oranges, lay them out on some baking paper and allow them to bake in the oven. It could take at least an hour or 90 minutes before you start seeing results. I like the look of the dark brown blending in with the burnt orange, but you could take them out before they get as dark as what my slices were. They are ready when they are dry and firm.I like the idea of throwing them into a bowl with a few pinecones, cinnamon sticks and star anise. One of my mom’s friends recommended tossing it all around in some essential oils, which would make the room smell wonderful. If something is missing from your Christmas tree, use some string to hang these on the branches for a woodsy feel. Otherwise, you could connect all of these on a long piece of string and make a little garland to hang on the wall. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, sprinkle some sugar on them before baking and use them to garnish your Christmas cocktails.

What would you do with dried oranges?

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