Hello friends! Turns out lightening does strike twice because this is another post involving food, LOL. A little backstory, I have a bunch of faux wreathes and garland that I bought years ago. Lately, real garland is so in style, especially blending in other types of greenery like eucalyptus branches. This year, I have been seeing dried orange slices in a lot of Christmas decor. I love how it looks, so I thought I would give it a try!
I bought five oranges for $5.
I sliced them into 1/4 inches slices and laid them out on cooking sheets. If you have a broiler pan, that would make this process a lot easier. I had one, but forgot to take it out of my old range before they hauled it away. (Face palm.)
Grab a roll of paper towels. Blot up as much of the orange juice from the slices as you can.
Pop them in the oven for an hour at 220 degrees.
Remove them, flip them over, blot some more.
Back in the oven for another hour at 220 degrees, but switch which pans are on the bottom and top shelves.
Bring them out. Blot some more. They may still feel damp. If you have cookies sheets, lay them out on there to dry them out overnight. If not, you can do what I did and prop them up (angle them) along the edge of the baking sheets so air can circulate around them.
When they are dry, gather them up and find those cheap-o holiday ornament hooks you have hiding in a box of holiday decor. Tip, twist one end a quarter turn so you hang the slice facing forward.
I should mention that I used the leftover ends of the oranges. I put them all in a bowl on my kitchen counter to make the room smell good.
The ribbon was an afterthought. I went through my ribbon bag and pulled out a couple stripe ribbons. My secret to securing to them to the branches of the wreath? Bobby pins! One on either side will do the trick.
I do really like the pinecones. They are part of the wreath, but you could easily find some at a craft store for a couple dollars this time of year.
So there is my easy-peezy way of drying oranges for holiday decorating. It cost $5 to spruce up my generic holiday greenery. Let me know if you have ever tried this before or if you try it this holiday season. I’d love to see it!