12 Dec 2014

Dried Oranges Cheap And Pretty Way To Decorate Your Tree And Make YourHouse Smell Amazing

These dried oranges are so easy to make and smell so good. Can decorate your tree with them or leave them in bowls around the house as pou pourie.

Cut the tops and bottoms off of the oranges. Then cut them into slices just under 1cm thick.  Make sure you cut them so you can see through all the segments (like the picture).

You need to press the excess juice out of the orange slices. You can use kitchen roll but I prefer using tea towels as they absorb more. Lay them all on a tea towel folded in half. Place another tea towel folded in half over the top of the oranges and press gently. 

Heat your oven to 90 degrees and lay the oranges out on clean wire racks (oven shelves). You can put them on a baking tray but they take longer. Bake them for about 2 & 1/2 hrs. Keep checking in them to make sure they don't burn. If they haven't dried out after about 3 hrs you can put them on radiators to dry out slowly. 

That's it! Sprinkle some fine glitter on them if you want and you have some beautifully smelling Christmas decorations.

I use 'invisible' hooks to hang them. I picked them up in the poundshop. They're thin wire hooks you can pierce through the orange flesh pretty easily. You can hang with ribbon or raffia instead if you have the time.

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