Dried apples and oranges

How to dry orange slices

Hang these pretty ornaments from your tree and the whole room will smell of Christmas. These also look attractive tied onto presents.

Homemade dried orange slices add a festive feel around the home. Scatter them across your Christmas dinner table, tie strings around them to use as baubles on a Christmas tree, or string onto a garland with other dried decorations.

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Not only are they an eco-friendly way to decorate the house, they’re very fragrant and add a citrusy smell.

See more sustainable ideas, including easy Christmas table decorations and our top 10 DIY Christmas crafts.

How to dry orange slices

Dried oranges

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 3 apples
  • small handful cloves
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • thin ribbon, twine or string

Method

Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Slice the oranges and apples very thinly, using a mandolin for the apples, if you have one. Arrange the slices on the trays, then bake for 45 mins-1 hr, turning halfway through cooking, until completely dried out. Leave to cool.

Once cool, stud the oranges with cloves. Thread some ribbon, twine or string through the centres of the orange slices, then tie a knot to secure. Follow with a slice of apple, and another knot, also tying a cinnamon stick to a few of the decorations.

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