How To Make Dried Orange Slices And Clementine

Today I am showing you how to make dried orange slices and Clementine. Because I enjoy using natural elements during the holidays drying oranges is a must in our home.

Dried They Are Natural & Smell Fantastic!

Besides the natural look these add to my decor, making these, makes the home smell fantastic! It’s also easy to make dry orange slices.

These Are Easy To Make

Incidentally, for how to make dried orange slices and Clementine, the most work for this craft comes from cutting and slicing the oranges. Not too bad, right, especially for the holidays with your family. By the way, get your little ones involved in this actyivity of drying orange slices. I will share a fun step they can help with and make memeories along the way. Besides making memories with famliy is what the holiday season is all about!

Ways To Dry Oranges & Clementine

First Idea – Using a food dehydrated is also an option. However, it’s an expense you may not want. Also taking up valuable storage space.

Second Idea – My oven has a dehydator setting. However, knowing most don’t have these ovens in their homes, I am sharing how to dry the oranges and Clementine low and slow.

Third Idea – We are using a technique drying the orange slices that is low and slow. First off, you will want to preheat your oven at 180 degrees. Incidentally, if your oven doesn’t go down that low, no worries 200 degrees will work fine.

If your are drying your oranges slices and Clementine at 200 degrees. After flipping the at, the half way mark, it’s good idea to keep an eye on them when you are down to the last half hour.

In the meantime, as your oven is preheating this is a good time to gather supplies for drying your oranges:

  • oranges
  • baking sheets/sheet
  • oven safe rack – I use a stainless steel cooling rack upside and it works great
  • knife
  • parchment paper

Now that you have your supplies, make the orange slices 1/4 thick for drying. Place each slice on the rack keeping them in a single layer. Begin the drying process.

But wait, this is optional, however, I do this and it never disappoints. Also, here is the steps the entire family can get involved in and make some memories.

Sprinkle A Bit Of Spices:

  • clove
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Now place your orange slices into the oven and begin the drying process. Adding these spices makes the house smell beautiful also. Incidentally, the spices add beauty to the dry oranges too.

Orange slices going into the oven to dry.  Spices were added before being dried

Now, allow the oranges to dry for 6 hours. Check them at the halfway point and flip them over to continue the drying process. The slices should be completely dry. By the way, if your oven is set for 200 degrees the drying process make take a little bit less time.

Important Tip: make sure your citrus is completely dried.

Dried orange slices

Of course, if you don’t want to make dried orange slices, you can buy them HERE

Tips For Drying Oranges (whole) Clementine

Besides drying orange slices, I thought it would be fun to dry whole mandarines/clementine. In addition to your dried orange slices, mandarins/clementine are a great way to carry your citrus theme throughout your home.

Drying Oranges/Clementine Whole

First, for the most part, drying of the Clementine is the same process as the orange slices.

Second – you want to slice through the orange peel carefully. You want to slice at 12 o’clock, 6, 3 and 9. Also when making your slices make sure you leave the ends connected to the orange. This is important because this keeps the orange together.

Clementine getting ready to go in the oven after adding slits to rind

Third – After making your slices, roll the mandarin/clementine on a papertowel and some excess juice will come off.

Fourth – Next lay the oranges on an oven safe cooking rack. Stainless steel is best.

Clementine when finished

Fifth – Place the sheet pan with oranges in the oven and let them dry for 6 hours. After trying this a few times, I find drying the mandarins/clementines works best after 6 hours if they are taken out of the oven.

Seventh – After taking them out of the oven let them dry in the air out of sunlight for a two weeks. Also, as they are air drying check to see how they are drying.

How To Use Your Dried Oranges and Clementine In The Home

Add Dried Orange Slices to Lanterns as Lantern Filler HERE

large lantern flled with dried orange slices on top of a book.   Smaller lantern flled with walnuts and pinecones.  White crock filled with silverware with walnuts next to it

Put Inside A Lantern With A Battery Operated Candle HERE

Large lantern filled with orange slices surrounding a battery operated candle.  Smaller lantern filled with walnuts and pinecones. White crock filled with silver walnuts are next to the crock

Also, Add Dried Oranges/Clementines To Seasosnal Decor

Such as your mantel HERE

whole orange and pinecones on a portion of garland

Also add these to centerpieces HERE

Jardieneire filled with greens, pinecones, a small crown and birch logs with clementine.  Deer are on either side with pinecones and walnuts

Craft Ideas Using Dried Orange Slices/Clementine

Make A Dried Orange Wreath HERE

Orange wreath hanging on a door

Make a Dried Orange/fruit Garland HERE

Dried fruit garland with bottle brush trees and white houses

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make dried orange slices and Clementine. Enjoy the dried orange slices for many, many years to come! The oranges slices can be enjoyed for years, however, the whole oranges will last through New Years.

Dried orange slices can be used for all these projects easily.

Dried Oranges For Crafting

How To Dry Orange Slices/Clementine
Prep Time6 hrs
Active Time10 mins
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Oven Safe Cooling Rack
  • Parchment paper/optional
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove/optional
  • Oven 180/200 degrees fahrenheit
  • oranges sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • whole clementine slit 12, 6, 3 and 9

Instructions

  • Slice oranges 1/4 inch thick
  • Slit Clementine through the skin at 12, 6, 3 and 9
  • Roll Clementine on paper towel to remove excess moisture

Notes

Preheat oven 180/200 degrees
Optional add parchment paper
Slice oranges 1/4″ thick
Before adding the orange slices to the oven – Optional but suggested add a dash of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg to the orange slices 
Slice the Clementine through the skin 12, 6, 3 and 9
Roll the Clementine on paper towels to remove excess moisture.
Bake the orange slices for 6 hours.  Flip halfway through and continue drying for another 3 hours
Bake the Clementine for 6 hours and then air dry for 2 weeks out of direct sunlight, in a dry cool area in your home
Make sure the orange slices are completely dry before finishing
Use the dried orange slices in the ideas provided in this post or in ways that work for your decor.  The dried orange slices will last for  years.  The whole oranges or clementine will last for the season only
Remeber these dried orange slices are for crafts and home decor

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44 thoughts on “How To Make Dried Orange Slices And Clementine

  1. Hi Cindy,
    I bet your house smells so great with these orange slices or the clementines drying especially with the spices added. I enjoy your newsletter and blog and follow you both on IG and pinterest. You are so crafty and I love seeing all your wonderful ideas. Happy New Week. xoxo

  2. I bet the house smells wonderful when drying those oranges, especially with the spices!

  3. I’ve always wanted to do this and never have. Probably a time thing because I never have enough..lol. I haven’t been following you very long but I like what I see which is why I signed up in the first place😊. I just happen to have a bag of oranges that aren’t going to keep if I don’t use them so off I go to give this a try! Wish me luck!

  4. I’ve never done this, but every time I see a post about it, I think I bet that smells wonderful!! Maybe this is the time I’ll actually give it a try!! Mmm….and fun giveaway!! $100 would buy a lot of Christmas decor!!

  5. I have always wanted to try this, Cindy! My Mom is doing a lot of natural elements this year for Christmas at Bliss Barracks so I’m all kinds of excited to share this post with her. They’re so pretty! Hugs and thanks for the chance to win, CoCo

  6. Great idea. This must make your house smell divine. Have pinned for future reference.

  7. I can almost smell the oranges and cinnamon and cloves right now! Great tips! Especially on how to dry whole clementines! I am pinning right now!

  8. I’ve always wanted to make one of these – now I know how! Saving for later (might make one on the weekend if I have the time).

  9. I enjoyed my dried oranges so much last holiday season. Love your idea for drying clementines! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  10. I love that your shared how to dry the slices and the whole oranges, too! Happy to be sharing you at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!

  11. Thanks for sharing with us – I’m featuring you this week when the next to Grandma’s house we go link party starts!

  12. I really like both the slices and the whole oranges. They would look great in a fall, Christmas or New years setting.

  13. Love the thought of making these for fall… I can smell them just looking at them. Heavenly! Thanks for sharing.

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