Dehydrated Oranges

Learn how to make Dehydrated Oranges that you can use for a healthy snack, a cocktail garnish, in desserts, and more! You can make these easy treats with any orange variety you like.

blood oranges on a rack that have been dehydrated
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Dehydrated Oranges are such a delicious treat and there are so many ways you can use them. They are also really easy to make. You can make them in a dehydrator or your oven. And, if stored properly, they will stay good for a long time. By the way, you can use this recipe to make dehydrated lemons and dehydrated limes too!

How to Make Dehydrated Oranges

  1. Wash the oranges and dry them completely. Slice each orange into slices about ¼” thick using a mandoline or a sharp knife. You want the slices to be as similar in thickness as possible so they all dry at the same rate.
  2. Once you have all of your oranges sliced, place them on a towel or paper towel and gently pat the top to remove some of the juice. The dryer the oranges are, the better they will dehydrate! Place each slice on the dehydrator rack with room around them to fully dry all around.
  3. Place the lid on the dehydrator and set it to 135º. It will take anywhere from 6-10 hours for the oranges to fully dehydrate. Start checking them around 6 hours.
  4. Store in a sealable container, like a canning jar, in a cool dark place.
dehydrated oranges in a glass jar

How to Dehydrate Oranges in the Oven

After cleaning and slicing the oranges, arrange them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 200º for 3-4 hours, flipping once or twice while baking.

What Kind of Oranges to Use for Dehydrating

As you can see in my photos, I used blood oranges in my latest batch of dehydrated oranges. I chose them more for their color than anything but they also have a slight berry flavor which I enjoy. Seedless varieties are also a good choice because there are fewer holes in your pretty dehydrated fruit. Naval oranges tend to be the sweetest variety and will work great for dehydrating. Mandarins are another variety to consider.

If you happen to have sour oranges or are only using these for decoration or potpourri, those will work as well. I wouldn’t recommend a sour or bitter orange for eating.

dehydrated oranges on a plate

You can add extra flavor with spices or chocolate

If you want these to be more like a sweet treat or candied orange peels, sprinkle on some sugar before dehydrating. Other options to consider are cinnamon, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice. You can also dip these dried orange slices in melted chocolate for a decadent dessert!

dehydrated orange slices dipped in dark chocolate

What to do with Dehydrated Oranges

Here are some ideas of how to enjoy these dehydrated treats:

  • Eat them plain for a delicious healthy snack
  • Use them as a cocktail garnish
  • Add to your favorite sangria or mulled wine recipe
  • Place on top of baked goods
  • Cut up into small pieces and put inside baked goods
  • Use them as a cupcake topper
  • Put them in tea
  • Use them for an awesome homemade marmalade
  • Add them to stews or soups
  • Use them to flavor water or iced tea
  • Use in potpourri
  • Make decorations for the holidays
blood orange cocktail with an orange garnish
Blood Orange Pisco Sour with a dehydrated orange on top

What Dehydrator I Used to Make These Dried Orange Slices

I have a Nesco dehydrator that I use all the time. I’ve had it for quite a few years and it has lasted a long time. I like it because it’s light and easy to clean. The only negative I can think of is that it does take up some space because it’s bulky. There are quite a few options for dehydrators out there, some are even bigger if you want to dehydrate a ton of food at once. The one shown below is a great beginner option.

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dried orange slices in a dehydrator
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How to Make Dehydrated Oranges

Learn How to make Dehydrated Oranges with this easy guide to use for a healthy snack, a cocktail garnish, or decoration!
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail garnish, dehydrated fruit, dehydrated oranges, dehydrator recipe, dried orange slices, healthy snack
Yield: 2 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous
Cost: 5

Equipment

  • dehydrator
  • mandoline or sharp knife
  • paper towels or clean kitchen towel

Materials

  • 6-8 oranges (any type)

Instructions

  • Wash and dry the oranges. Slice each orange into slices about ¼" thick using a mandoline or a sharp knife You want the slices to be as similar in thickness as possible so that they all dry at the same rate.
    blood orange with a slice
  • Once you have all of your oranges sliced, place them on a paper towel and gently pat the top to remove some of the juice. The dryer the oranges are, the better they will dehydrate! Place each piece on the dehydrator rack until the entire level is full. Fill all of the levels with your orange slices, making sure to leave room around each slice so that the air can circulate them.
    orange slices on a dehydrator
  • Place the lid on the dehydrator and set it to 135º. It will take anywhere from 6-10 hours for the oranges to fully dehydrate. Start checking them around 6 hours. I found that 8 hours was perfect for my slices.
    dried orange slices in a dehydrator
  • Store in a sealable container, like a canning jar, in a cool dark place.
    dehydrated oranges in a glass jar

Notes

  • Times will vary depending on how thin the slices are, the climate, the outside and inside temperature at the time, and your dehydrator.
  • Always read the manual for your dehydrator and follow all safety recommendations. 

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