Drying citrus fruits for decorations

Drying citrus fruits for decorations

IMG_5087Drying citrus fruits for decorations

Drying citrus fruits for decorations

Drying citrus fruits for decorations

Drying citrus fruits for decorations

Do you ever notice that some feelings are associated with smells?  Today it had to smell like orange. And clove. It had to be Christmas in every way possible around the house, as Christmas is the best anti-depressant for the moody winter days. Drying fruit for decorations proved to be much messier than I thought, but I had to give it a try as I plan to learn how to make a Christmas wreath. Yes, you can blame Pinterest, you can also blame the fact that I buy fruits which I do not eat and I eventually throw away when they turn green… All this made me think that at least I could use them for something beautiful, so there it is. It was also my first time of trying it so yes, I burned the first lot. hehe

Method:

  1. Cut the lemons and oranges in 1/2 cm slices.
  2. Add cloves on the slices (if you like).
  3. Place them on the oven rack (do not use a pan even with a baking paper, as they tend to turn sticky and end up brown at the bottom).
  4. Place them into the oven and bake them at 120°C for an hour (turn them over from time to time)

It may take longer or less, depending on the oven and your fruit slices. Keep an eye on them as they tend to burn fast!

In the next post they will be used for my Christmas wreath, although you can just add them in a jar, next to candles, on the tree or anywhere you like for decorations and a lovely smell.

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