DRY FRUITS

Drying Oranges

“Dry Oranges makes a lovely decorations for your home and are the perfect way to make your interior smell extremely festive “

IS THERE ANYTHING MORE FESTIVE THAN THE SMELL OF ORANGES?

While they are baking they smell wonderful. They make a lovely Christmas decorations.

They can be added into the garland, wreath, table decorations and Christmas Trees.

Dry orange slices makes a perfect composition with cinamon and pinecones to create a natural feeling, beautiful decoration and centrepiece. They do last really long!

Citrus peel is excellent when dried.

DRY FRUITS

PACKAGING AND STORAGE

All your work will go to waste unless you package and store the dehydrated food properly!

Dehydrating considerably, extends the shelf life of food, if cannot protect it from insects, other pests, air, light and moisture.

However, proper post- dehydrating case will pressure the quality of the food and lengths its life-span.

Any container that has been employed for food storage previously is safe to use for storing dehydrated food. It should have a firm shape and must have a tight – fitting lid.

For example: recycled glass, salad dressing, canning jars are good and will permit you to see the food. Dark glass jars are considered best for certain dried foods such as herbs and fruits, because the light won’t be able to fade them or affect their nutrients or quality.

No matter what food you are drying, 6 basic steps must be involved: Preparation, Pretreatment, drying, tasting, packaging and storage.

Make sure the slices to cool down to the room temperature before storing them in air tight containers with tight – fitting lids.

DRY FRUITS

Drying Oranges

Dried fruits like lemon and oranges are beautiful on the eyes and can be used in various ways during the festive season. These are a wonderful option when it comes to festive decoration and not many people know that they make excellent toppings for cakes and muffins. Also, these thin slices of dried fruits are perfect room fresheners. They bring in a subtle citrusy aroma to the room they are placed in and can also become great gift items during the joyful Christmas time.

– Wash and dry the fruit.

– Sharp paring knife is essential to reduce tearing of and damage to food.

– Slice the oranges into ¼ inch thick rings.

– If your oranges have seeds, pick them out, but it is not necessary.

– Arrange the slices, on the dehydrated trays and set the heat to about 110 degrees.

– Depending on how large your orange were, initially the drying time may be as long as 1-2 days.

Dried fruits like lemon and oranges are beautiful on the eyes and come in handy in various ways during the festive season. These are a wonderful option when it comes to festive decoration and not many people know that they make excellent toppings for cakes and muffins. Also, these thin slices of dried fruits are perfect room fresheners. They bring in a subtle citrusy aroma to the room they are placed in and can also become great gift items during the joyful Christmas time.

Décor

Oranges and lemons are loved for their freshness, but do they work when dried? Yes, they do. Hang them using a string or place them inside a glass with other décor items and these dried fruits will add class to your décor. You can combine them with other décor items like flower arrangements, candle holders or simply pile them in a glass jar and place it on the dining table. When your guests walk in for the Christmas dinner, they are sure to get a hint of lime in the room and would love the idea.

You can also use these in your Christmas gift basket. Simply combine them with other goodies and surprise your family and friends. Tell them how dried fruits they can be used in different ways and they will definitely be delighted.

Cake Toppings

Dried lemons and oranges look beautiful on cakes; yes, they make for wonderful cake toppings. They can be used just as decorations or they can be eaten as well. They bring a balance to the sweetness of the cakes and make nonstop cake eating during Christmas a really delicious affair. If you are bored of how your Christmas cakes look year after year; this year, go ahead and try dried fruits. Surprise your guests.

Fresheners

As we mentioned already, dried lemons and oranges make for wonderful room fresheners. You can place them in a bowl or hang them with your other Christmas décor items and they will fill your house with a nice aroma. Again, you can give them out as Christmas gifts. Put them in fancy jars and give them out with your other gifts. Take our word, your friends and family will love this unique idea.