oranges in dehydrator tray

How To Dehydrate Oranges

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When the kids are not around, the shelf life of fresh oranges seems to shorten very quickly. My favorite way to make them last longer is to dehydrate them into yummy snacks! Dehydrated oranges last a long time, are super yummy and nutritious, and make great crafts!

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Fresh oranges are super yummy! However, when I buy oranges in bulk and the kids are not here to help me eat the, they seem to go bad fast. I like to dehydrate oranges into super yummy, and long lived snacks!

When there is a really good sale on bulk oranges, I like to stock up. Can’t go wrong with all that Vitamin C! However, when you buy so many that they are going bad faster than you can eat them, you need to find a way to preserve them.

I decided to whip out the dehydrator and make some dehydrated oranges!

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How To Dehydrate Oranges

  • Either peel the orange when it is whole, or peel the orange after you slice it.
  • Slice the oranges into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Lay the orange slices into the dehydrator trays. Do not overlap them.
oranges in dehydrator tray
  • Once you have the trays filled, set the dehydrator to around 135 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-12 hours. The time depends on your climate and the specific dehydrator you are using. We have a drier climate here being in the Mojave Desert so ours leans more towards the 5 hour time frame.
  • After about hour 4, I like to periodically check the orange slices to make sure they are not becoming over-dry. Dehydrated orange slices will have a slight bend to it but little moisture.
  • Once your oranges are dry, store it in an air-tight container to keep moisture out.
dried oranges in tray

They are super yummy, travel well, and last a long while. Dehydrated oranges are great in tea and baked goods, as well as used for crafts! There are a few things you can do with the leftover peels as well but that’s for a future post. I hope you enjoy!

How To Dehydrate Oranges

When the kids are not around, the shelf life of fresh oranges seems to shorten very quickly. My favorite way to make them last longer is to dehydrate them into yummy snacks! Dehydrated oranges last a long time, are super yummy and nutritious, and make great crafts!
Course Snack
Keyword dehydrated, dried, oranges
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes

Equipment

  • Dehydrator
  • Knife or Mandolin

Ingredients

  • Oranges

Instructions

  • You can either peel the orange while it is whole, or peel the orange after you slice it.
  • Slice orange into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Lay peeled slices onto dehydrator trays. Do not overlap.
  • Set dehydrator for about 135-145 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-12 hours.
  • Check on your orange slices after hour 4 for dryness.
  • Once your oranges are dried, store in an airtight container.
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Unknown Homestead

Hello! Welcome to Unknown Homestead! I'm Erika. While I would love to say we have an amazing, huge homestead that is complete and bringing in the dough....it's a work in progress on just over 2 acres. We bought this property in 2019. I had big dreams but this fit the price range. Being built in the 1980's it was not an old house like people buy, but it still needed some work to be done. I handle the animals and yardwork, while Greg handles the smoking/grilling of meats and still works a fulltime job until this homestead is complete and profitable. Having 3 stepchildren does help get some things done around here, but now there is another one on the way. We started out as (I guess you would say) normal people. Depending on grocery stores for food and binge watching whatever TV show or movie we were into at the time. Our ways have since changed (and are continuing to change). We have added chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigs to our Unknown Homestead (along with our dogs and cat of course). While this property is not that old to us, I have been trying to change my ways for many years. This blog shows what we are doing and how, with the hopes it can help some of you with your hopes and dreams as well!

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