The weekend after thanksgiving is when we bring out all the Christmas decorations, hang the fresh garland around the house and start drying our oranges to place around the house this season. We place them everywhere, from stringing them in jute to create a beautiful garland, to hanging them as ornaments on trees, and we even use them as a topper for our gifts. Since many of you ask how I incorporate my oh-so many oranges, there’s really endless options on how to incorporate these. They look beautiful, and the smell of dried oranges that fill your home is just so cozy.
It’s been a holiday tradition for ages, and every year when we start up that oven again, I can’t help but think of my childhood and how the kids will also grow up to remembering the smell of Christmas.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-Oranges (I get between 6-10)
1. Preheat your oven between 170-200 degrees. (I set mine at 200)
2. Prepare your pans by placing baking sheets on them. Then move them to the slide
3. Carefully cut your oranges (you’ll want to cut them width wise) in little slices. Preferred 1/4 inch thick. Then place your slices on the paper towel.
4. Once you’re done cutting up your slices, you’ll want to make sure to absorb as much moisture as possible by placing all slices in between paper towels and gently pressing on the paper towels.
5. Place the orange slices on the baking sheet and cook for about 4hrs. Take oranges out of the oven, and then rotate them. Let cook for another 2hr. If your oranges are still juicy, you can leave them in longer.
6. Place on a drying rack or let your oranges sit out overnight.
It’s important to make sure the oranges are dried and don’t have any juice left in them to avoid mold.
7. Once your oranges have completely dried and are ready to be hung, add your jute string with your sewing needle(or a bigger needle if needed), and carefully weave your jute in between the oranges to create a garland.
If you feel like making dried orange ornaments, all you need to do is use a small jute string and create a whole at the top of the dried orange slice, put the jute string in between the hole, and tie a knot.
It’s so simple, and festive, and everything about it makes holidays so much more in our home. We hope you enjoyed this super simple and easy tutorial.