DIY Dried Oranges
Is there anything more festive than the scent of an orange? The fresh, zesty, crisp smell always makes me feel very merry, and I like that it’s such a contrast to usual Christmas scents of cinnamon and vanilla sugar, but pairs together so well just the same.
I always love making dried oranges this time of year, as they’re such a simple decor item. You can string them together to make a garland, hang them on a wreath, pop them on your tree, and even use them to top Christmas presents.
And they smell so fab that it’s kinda a 2 in 1 situation. You get beautiful, preserved orange slices to decorate your house and you also get the refreshing scent of juicy oranges to make your home all the more cosy.
Did I mention they’re super easy to make?
Simply preheat your oven to around 100°C and line one-two baking sheets with grease proof paper.
Slice your oranges [I used five to make two trays worth] into thin slices [about 5-10mm thick] and lay them out on the trays.
Pop both trays in the oven and bake for 3-5 hours. If you want them to dry evenly, I’d also recommend turning them after two hours or so.
It might seem like a looooot of oven time, but if you increase the temperature they’ll just burn. The plus side is that during this time they’ll make your home smell incredibly fresh and lovely.
Once the oranges are dried out, pull the trays out of the oven and allow the orange slices to cool on the trays for an hour or so. I like to leave mine in the sun to make sure they’re extra dry.
When they’re completely dry you can use them for whatever you wish!
I do believe if you store them correctly they’ll last forever, but I tend to make a fresh set every year because they smell better that way.
Let me know if you give these easy dried oranges a go by tagging me on social media @agirlandgrey.