Like so many other celebrations this year, planning the festive period requires a lot more creativity. And there is no time better than now to get creative and make your own Christmas decorations at home. This year, more than ever before, cherishing each joyful moment with loved ones is so important. And a great way to do that is through a group DIY project
Drying oranges is really simple. It’s a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of deal. All you really need is a bag of oranges and time. Simply slice your oranges with a sharp knife, around 8mm thick, and lay them in a single layer on parchment paper, or directly on a wire rack. Place into the oven for around four hours at 95C, flipping them half way. Every oven is different so it’s important to keep checking on them hourly. How will you know when the oranges are ready? If they feel wet or sticky, they need more time to dehydrate. When they are slightly bendy and dry, they are ready. Leave them out to sit overnight to dry completely, and they should feel hard by the next day. It’s important they are completely dehydrated so they don’t rot or attract bugs. (Although they will dry on the tree and over time as well.) Prepare your oranges a day or so before you plan to use them. I used a mixture of blood oranges and regular oranges. You can also use other citrus fruits like limes and lemons as well.
Once your dried oranges are ready, there are so many ways you can use them. Below are some ideas.