I love finding ways to make things myself. Why? Because I believe in cutting costs while having quality items in my home. Plus, I just hate to see ANYTHING wasted. If I’m throwing something in the trash, it’s like tossing dollar bills into the trash. That’s why I learned about dehydrating oranges when I was gifted 10 pounds of fruit recently.
I have to say that the bag or oranges I was gifted was…well…nasty tasting. (Sorry!) They were stringy and dry. However, I figured dehydrating them would be a great way to have zero waste and still get a useful item.
Did you know…
- Dehydrated sliced oranges can be added to baked fish for flavor
- Dehydrated sliced oranges can be ground down into Vitamin C powder to be added to baked bread
- Dehydrated sliced oranges smell awesome in potpourri
Step 1 – Wash Oranges
I kept the peels for the nutritional content, so I washed the oranges well.
Step 2 – Slice Oranges
I love this Progressive International Multi Slicer!It makes perfectly spaced slices and has a guard to keep from accidentally loosing a finger. It has 2 different slice thickness blades. I chose the thicker slices for oranges.
The slicer fits over the bowl so that the orange slices drop right down into the bowl. Easy peasy!
I sliced 15 oranges in about 10 minutes.
Step 3 – Arrange Slices in Dehydrator
Step 4 – Stack all the dehydrator racks into the machine and turn it on!
The temperature settings are listed on the top of the dehydrator.
Here are the settings I used.
Step 5 – Dehydrate Slices
I let mine run for a couple of days to make the slices really crisp. Make sure they crunch if snapped in half.
Step 6 – Package Slices
I placed the dehydrated slices in mason jars. I will use them in several recipes, including grinding them up into Vitamin C powder to be used in baked bread. Yum!