I wanted to make dry orange slices for ages. It's not that difficult (actually dead easy) and you really do not need a dehydrator. Just recently I got a big bag of oranges and decided to do just that with them - dry them :) I'm very familiar with dry apple slices (even smoked ones, which I'm afraid I'm not a fan of) also so popular dry banana. Orange is very popular around Christmas time, but really it's great idea to have them at hand all your round. All you really need are oranges and a working oven and you're ready to rock! :)
How to make it...
Preheat your oven to 125 C. Wash and dry your oranges and slice them into no more than 1 cm thick slices. Arrange on baking rack - NOT a tray as they will stick, really stick! Place in the oven and dry like that for about 2,5-3 hours, turning them about every 40 minutes. Mine took little less than 3 hours to dry completely - you're aiming for translucent flesh and hard, very dry skin around. Keep your orange slices in an airtight container. They keep very well.
What do do/how to use your dry orange slices:
- the most popular and obvious is for decoration (Christmas tree etc.)
- add whole slice into your hot tea, instead of lemon
- add a slice to hot chocolate, orange & chocolate is perfect combination!
- add to stews, sauces and soups
Let me know if you have any more ideas how to use dry orange slices. I would love to know and I'll add it to the above list :)