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How to dry orange slices in the oven

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My best tips on how to dry orange slices in the oven, in case you don’t own a dehydrator.

tips on how to dry oranges slices in the oven to use for holiday decor

Every year we make a Christmas ornament.

This year we chose to make dried oranges in our oven, and I could not be more pleased with how they turned out!

Even though we used these for Christmas ornaments, you could use them for any other type of decor or even eat them dipped in chocolate!

Some other decor ideas include: a dried orange slice garland, accents on a charcuterie board and, of course, potpourri.

Which oranges to use for dried orange slices

two navel oranges and a lemon, these can be dehydrated in the oven and used for holiday decor.

It’s really just up to your personal preference, but we used navel oranges.

Other fruit you can dry in the oven:

  • blood oranges
  • lemon
  • lime
  • grapefruit

But, when picking out the oranges I like to select the ones you probably wouldn’t want to eat.

You know, the ones with the thicker more textured peel.

Why? Because those oranges tend to have a thicker white rind which will better show the contrast between the orange’s center and its peel.

What supplies do you need for drying oranges in the oven?

You really don’t need much more than just oranges and a baking sheet.


  • oranges
  • serrated knife
  • baking sheet
  • paper towels (optional)
  • cooling rack (optional)

The last two listed are optional, but helpful in reducing the actual baking time.

Tips for dehydrating orange slices in the oven

Cut your orange slices super thin. Some suggest 1/4″ thick, but even that is too thick, in my opinion.

Aim for 1/8″ thick.

It is also helpful to cut your oranges the night before and let soak on a paper towel. This will speed up the dehydration process.

If you can’t do this, at least dab your orange slices with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

I also like to lay a metal cool rack on top of my baking sheet to allow airflow & help speed things along.

thin orange slices on a metal cooling rack ready to go into the oven to be dried for Christmas decoration

What temperature and how long does this take?

Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 2-4 hours, making sure to flip your oranges every 30 minutes.

The best news is that, while this does take a while, these dried oranges slices can last you up to two years when stored in an airtight container!

So, all that effort definitely pays off.

final stage of orange slices dried in the oven, with a ribbon bow and jute hanger to be hung on a Christmas tree

dried orange slices in the oven

dry orange slices in the oven

how to easily dry orange slices in the oven

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • oranges


  1. Slice your oranges approximately 1/8" thick
  2. Blot with paper towels or let dry slightly on paper towels overnight.
  3. Once ready to dry, preheat your oven to 200 degrees
  4. Place a stainless steel, oven safe cooling rack on a baking sheet
  5. Arrange orange slices in a single layer on your cooling rack/ baking sheet
  6. Bake for 2-4 hours, until dry, making sure to flip every 30 minutes for even drying.
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