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Oven Drying Citrus

Drying Oranges 1Orange you glad it’s Friday?! (sorry – impulsively had the urge to say that as I started typing!)  But seriously, thank goodness for the weekend – it has been a very busy week and I think I may be able to not work one of these days this weekend, and that is always exciting.  Anywho, I recently had to dry some oranges for a project I’m working on and similar to everyone else on the internet, I couldn’t help but photograph these beauties before they went into the oven.  Prior to this, I had never experimented with oven drying fruit, so I wanted to share what I learned and have provided a few tips that I gained from my experience.

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The first how-to I found for drying fruit online (sidenote: the particular post I’m talking about is alllll over the internet) has a couple directions that are so totally off,  I’m a bit confused as to how it hasn’t been revised yet.  So, tread lightly when researching and if anyone is telling you the oven time should be more than 7 hours for orange slices, run away quickly.

Oven Drying Tips for Oranges:

  • Use a wire rack when drying orange slices in the oven on the top rack.
  • No need to space each slice of citrus 1-inch apart from each other, put ’em all together – as long as they fit level on the rack, they will dry well.
  • In terms of the oven temperature, dry the citrus at 170 – 200 degrees (most likely your oven’s lowest temp)  for about 3-4 hours, opening the oven 1-inch for a few minutes every hour to let out any moisture from the fruits.
  • I had flipped a few of the orange slices each time I opened the oven, but wound up finding no difference between those and the ones I kept same-side-up. So, no need to flip!
  • Once the citrus slices have hardened and the orange flesh is opaque, remove them from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • Since the slice have been dried at this point, it’s totally fine to leave them in the open air for a day or two- I’d actually recommend it, as they will dry out any remaining moisture at this point (unless you have a very humid kitchen).
  • Once the dried slices have been in the air for a few days, it’s fine to move them to a ziplock bag – just make sure to remove the air from the bag before you close it.

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And I’d show you more of the finished project, but you’ll just have to wait for that!