Sunday, November 04, 2012

How To Make Dried Orange Slices

This will be Indy's first Christmas. He's our almost 9 month old great dane.

And I'm a little concerned about our Christmas tree.

He's a pretty good dog, but I doubt his complete self-control. I've read somewhere that a lot of cats and dogs don't like the smell of citrus. So I'm going to try hanging some dried orange slices on the tree as a deterrent. 

Now if I can only prevent his tail from being a problem . . .

I used two oranges. I found using oranges with thicker skin dried out the best and resulted in less fragile slices.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Cut the oranges into 1/4" slices. Discard the end pieces.

Place the slices directly on your oven rack. Keep the oven door open a smidge to help air circulate.

It took about three hours to dry them out. I flipped them every hour or so to prevent sticking.

I'm stringing them up and hanging them in the kitchen for now, until we get the tree out. They look pretty with the sun shining from behind.

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  1. so pretty!! And...I'm loving your blog design!! the background is wonderful!

  2. We haven't had a Christmas tree for 3 long years because of our cats!!! I might give this a try. Our lemon tree is loaded down with lemons so I might try both orange and lemons.


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