How To Dry Orange Slices for Decoration
Quickly and easily dry orange slices in the air fryer to use as decoration, garland, & even cocktail drinks
One of my favorite smells in the world is a house that smells like Christmas.
I know that a bunch of scents make up the Christmas smell and I am a sucker for every single one!
The smell of a fresh Christmas tree, cinnamon, and dried orange slice especially.
This year I thought I would try my hand at drying my own orange slices, there was only one problem, we don’t have an oven…
If you have been following along with our never ending kitchen renovation, you know that we are almost finished with it, just missing an oven (it’s ordered, just backordered apparently).
Have no fear though because we do have an air fryer that will do the job and quickly too!
Drying Orange Slices for Decoration
- Saran Wrap
The first step is to wash your oranges (especially if you plan on using them for cocktail garnishes or spices).
Next, use a serrated knife to cut thin slices, the thinner the slice the faster they will dry!
Once they are thinly sliced, line the air fryer with Saran Wrap and place the slices in rows.
If the slices are really juicy, blot off as much juice you can using a paper towel.
Air Fryer Setting For Drying Orange Slices
Our air fryer has a bunch of fancy options but I just use the basic air fryer selection and set it to 180 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.
Every 30 minutes I made sure to flip the slices so that they wouldn’t burn.
You can tell the orange slices are dry if the core white part is hard and the inside of the orange isn’t super sticky still.
Once they are finished drying in the air fryer, place on a rack to dry.
Dried Orange Slices Decor
Dried orange slices smell amazing and can be used for so many different purposes!
I like to add them to our homemade fire-starters to make the house smell like Christmas every time we light a fire.
You can also make homemade garland with dried orange slices and ribbon.
Dried orange slices can be used to also makes spices or as a cocktail garnish!
Any project that is budget friendly and smells amazing is a winner in my book.
Let me know what you think and what uses you have for different dried fruits!