Dried Orange Slices and Clementine

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

Dried Orange Slices and Clementine Smell Fantastic!

Besides enjoying the natural look citrus adds to my home décor, making my own oranges slices makes the house smell fantastic! It’s also simple to make many dried fruit such as apples, pears, and cranberries.

These Are Easy to Make

Incidentally, when making dry orange slices and Clementine, the only thing that takes time to make 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 activity of drying orange slices.

I will share a fun step they can help with and make memories along the way. Besides these are fun ways to make memories!

What Oranges do I use to Make Dried Orange Slices?

Navel oranges are the best because they are large, have thick skin, and for the most part have a uniform round shape. Choose firm oranges while at your local grocery store. Choose fruit, with the deepest color for great results.

However, I have been using Clementine for a few years and these work well. I enjoy this type of citrus because the best part, is they are small enough to tuck inside centerpieces and vignettes.

Because these have thinner skin I suggest drying these a bit shorter and letting them continue to air dry in a dry place on a wire rack and on a cookie sheet. I also have not had any mold issues with the small size of Clementine or Cuties.

Using the Oven To Dry Oranges & Clementine

We are using a technique for drying the orange slices that are at a low temperature and slow.

First steps, you will want to preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.

This process to dry orange slices takes approximately 4 to 6 hours. You will all want to flip them and rotate the cookie sheets every hour to cook evenly.

Tip:

After flipping these it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them when you are down to the last half hour.

Why keep an eye on the slices?

Because every oven has its own temperature and this will avoid browning.

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

  • Supplies Needed:
  • fresh oranges
  • large baking pans
  • wire rack that’s oven safe – I use a stainless steel cooling rack upside and it works great
  • sharp chef’s knife
  • parchment paper

Now that you have your supplies, make the thickness of the orange slices 1/4″. Place each slice on the rack keeping them in a single layer and begin the drying process.

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

Sprinkle A Bit Of Spice:

  • clove
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

Detailed Instructions for Dehydrated Oranges

Now place your orange slices on the oven racks and begin the drying process. Adding these spices makes the house smell great and beautiful orange slices.

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

Now, allow the oranges to dry for 4 to 6 hours. Check them every hour and rotate the cookie trays. The slices should be dry to the touch.

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, let me share how to dry whole mandarins/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 the whole orange is an easy project.

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 to use a sharp knife and leave the ends connected to the orange. This is important because this keeps the orange intact.

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

Third – After making your slices, roll the clementine on a paper towel and remove excess juice.

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

Clementine when finished

Fifth – Place the sheet pan with oranges in the oven and let them dry for 4 hours. After trying this a few times, I find drying the mandarins works best after 4 hours, and continue with the air dry method.

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

Unfortunately, Clementine will not last beyond Christmas. However, store the dried slices in a brown bag in a dry area and dark place of your home to last for years to come!

How To Use Your Dried Oranges and Clementine In The Home for Decorations

Ideas for adding Lantern Filler Ideas

Add Dried Orange Slices to Lanterns as Lantern Filler for holiday décor

large lantern filled 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 

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/Clementine To Seasonal Décor

These are simple things to add to your mantel 

whole orange and pinecones on a portion of garland

Also, add these to centerpieces

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 Citrus Slices/Clementine

Make A Dried Orange Wreath with Pine cones and star anise 

Orange wreath hanging on a door

Make a Dried Orange/fruit Christmas Garland

Dried fruit garland with bottle brush trees and white houses

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make dried orange slices and Clementine. Do you enjoy using beautiful citrus slices in your home for Christmas decorating or ornaments?

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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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

49 thoughts on “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’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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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).

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

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

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