Today, I am sharing how to dry oranges and other fruit. It’s a great way to add warmth and charm to your holiday decor. Plus, dried fruit and foliage is a wonderful eco-friendly alternative to decorating your home for the holidays.
Natural elements and dried fruit used in Christmas decorations provide a nostalgic feeling of traditions long ago. The importance of dried orange slices used in winter decor is to welcome a bit of bright ‘sunshine’ when the days are often cold and dark.
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Silicone baking mats, wire racks and parchment paper are placed directly on baking sheets when cooking. However, I prefer to use the baking mats or parchment paper so that the sliced fruit doesn’t get ‘grill marks’ when cooking. Whichever way you choose, use either one to prevent the fruit from sticking to the baking sheet.
Not only can oranges be dried for decorations, but many other fruits can be as well. For example, bake any kind of citrus fruits including grapefruit, lemons, limes or star fruit. Plus, a variety of apples and pears dry beautifully. You can remove the core, but I prefer to leave the core in tact. It creates a wonderful texture and detail.
Each kind of fruit takes different amounts of time to dry. I prefer to turn the oven on low to dry fruit, and keep it slow and steady. Most importantly, keep an eye on any fruit in the oven to prevent it from under or overcooking. For example, if the rinds of the orange begin to harden, they are done. Typically, this is around the 4 hour mark. However, pears and apples tend to take around 6 hours to fully dry. Basically, the thicker the slice, the longer it takes to dry in the oven.
Apples and pears are a bit different than citrus fruits. Therefore, douse these fruits in lemon juice before drying to prevent browning. Once completely dry, seal the dried fruit with clear acrylic sealer to prevent spoiling.
Again, decorating with natural elements is eco-friendly and sustainable. For example, fresh or dried greenery, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, pinecones and cranberries create a festive combination. Therefore, here are a few ways that you can use dried fruit to decorate this holiday season.
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I hope these simple tips taught you how to dry oranges. Plus, gave you a few ideas to use dried fruit in your home! You can see how our featured artist, Sammy Allen made resin orange slices, here. Be sure to check out our gift wrap tips, too!