Dried Sugared Orange Slices

I’ve seen dried orange slices in the craft store, but I never thought of them as a snack (Please don’t eat the ones from the craft store). At one of our visits to Trader Joe’s (yes, we shop there often), we purchase some dried orange slices. They were delicious! But also expensive. I started thinking – I bet I could make these! Three oranges cost less than one bag, about the equivalent of one or two oranges. And it worked!!

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Here’s How to Do it:

This process works best if you have a food dehydrator. If you don’t you can dry them in your oven set on warm. It will take about the same amount of time.

Slice the orange to about 1/8 inch thick, no more than 1/4 inch.

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Place the sugar on a large shallow plate.

Carefully dip each slice into the sugar.

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Remember the sugar will melt. I put pieces of parchment paper on the bottom of one tray, cutting vents to allow for the air flow. Use this tray without oranges on it to catch as much sugar as possible before it gets on the elements.

I also put an old dish towel under the whole unit to catch any that melted out. And it did!

Layer your orange slices in single layers on the trays.

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Turn the dehydrator.

Check on the slices every 12 hours or so. It takes about two and a half days.

When most of the moisture is gone, turn the dehydrator off. They should be dried, but still soft enough to bite.

Store them in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

Use them as a snack or to decorate cakes

or charcuterie boards. Even salads are delicious with these gems.

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Dried Sugared Orange Slices

Delicious as a snack or a garnish on cakes, charcuterie, even salads!

Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
  • 2-3 large oranges OR 6-7 tangerines
  • 1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. This process works best if you have a food dehydrator. If you don't you can dry them in your oven set on warm. It will take about the same amount of time.

  2. Slice the orange to about 1/8 inch thick, no more than 1/4 inch.

  3. Place the sugar on a large shallow plate. Carefully dip each slice into the sugar.

  4. The sugar will melt. I put pieces of parchment paper on the bottom of one tray, cutting vents to allow for the air flow. Use this tray without oranges on it to catch as much sugar as possible before it gets on the elements. I also put an old dish towel under the whole unit to catch any that melted out. And it did!

  5. Layer your orange slices in single layers on the trays.

  6. Turn the dehydrator.

  7. Check on the slices every 12 hours or so. It takes about two and a half days.

  8. When most of the moisture is gone, turn the dehydrator off. They should be dried, but still soft enough to bite.

  9. Store them in the refrigerator in an air tight container.

  10. Use them as a snack or to decorate cakes or charcuterie boards. Even salads are delicious with these gems. 

Recipe Notes

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2 Responses to Dried Sugared Orange Slices

  1. I’ve done this with plain oranges, yummy, no need for sugar especially since my daughter’s cancer doctor told her to avoid sugar since cancer feeds on it! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 65. Pinned!

    • HelenFern says:

      I did them both ways. My menopausal sweet tooth really liked the sugar. LOL – The cara cara oranges were pretty sweet with out added sugar though. Thanks for visiting!

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