Create your individual orange slice decorations with this ingenious microwave hack – Ideally suited Residence


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Orange decorations are the perfect budget Christmas decoration. Not only do they look pretty, woven into a wreath or wrapped on a Christmas tree, but they also have that lovely, piquant, festive scent. If you’re tempted to make your own at home, we’ve found a super easy hack on how to dry oranges for decorations.

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Drying oranges in an oven can be tedious and tedious. However, with the help of this handy microwave hack, you can shorten this drying time.

How to dry oranges for decorations – in the microwave

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Before we share this simple decorating hack, this method is best used for sliced ​​oranges. If you want to dry whole oranges, we recommend sticking to the oven. It is also important to note that the kitchen towel is vital to this method.

You will need:



Microwave plate


Wire cooling shelf


Orange wedges (lemon and lime work well too) paper towel

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Step by step

Prepare the orange slices by cutting off the ends. Then cut into 1/2 cm slices. Place five sheets of paper kitchen towels on a microwave-safe plate. Put your orange slices on the plate. Make sure that none of the slices overlap. Place five more sheets of paper towel on top of the orange discs. Put the plate in the microwave. Put the microwave on the defrost setting for seven minutes. Take the plate out of the microwave and set the top paper towels aside. Then use the pliers to transfer the orange slices from the plate to the grate and remove the bottom layer of the paper towel. Place five new sheets of paper towel on the plate before placing the orange slice back on top. Place the top sheet of paper towel back on top. When defrosting, place the slices in the microwave for an additional five minutes. When the slices are done they should be soft and jelly-like. If they’re not quite there, use the tongs and microwave to flip them over for another two minutes.

Once all of the slices are jelly-like, let them cool and set for about 45 minutes before making your decorations.

How to dry oranges for decorations – in the oven

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This is the more traditional method of drying oranges. Instead of putting your slices in the microwave, just place your orange slices on a wire rack. Put them in the oven on the lowest setting, around 65 degrees, for four hours.

When you’re done, take them out of the oven to try on a cooling shelf. They feel slightly sticky at first, but don’t worry, they will continue to dry out after you decorate the tree with them.

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Are you going to create your own orange slice decorations this year?

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