Prolong citrus season by dehydrating these bright fruits! From sweet Cara Cara oranges to tangy grapefruits, any type of citrus can be dehydrated, with the help of a food dehydrator or your own oven. Be sure to slice your citrus evenly for a uniform look, and remember that the thinner the slices, the faster this process will be. 

If you have a food dehydrator, then set it to 125°F-135°F. At that temperature, it will take anywhere from 6-12 hours to dry the fruit, depending on the thickness. Lay slices on the trays ¼” apart. You may have to flip them once to ensure even dehydration.  

No dehydrator? No problem! You can still make dehydrated citrus in your home oven! Preheat your oven to 200°F. Line some baking sheets with parchment and lay down the slices ¼” apart on the sheets. Bake for 3-4 hours, flipping over halfway through. Check them to make sure they are completely dry because if there is still moisture left, they will spoil. 

Our how-to guide to dehydrating citrus for cocktails, cooking, decor, and more!

You can sprinkle sugar or spices on the fruit before drying, but be careful in the oven as they could burn as the sugar caramelizes, so keep an eye on them towards the end of the drying process. 

There are tons of ways to use these beautiful little gems, like in potpourri or home décor, but they’re delicious, too! Snack on them, infuse them in hot or iced teas or use them to imbue stews with a delicate citrus note. If you’re a cocktail aficionado, try them as a garnish or as an ingredient in mulled wine or cider to bring some sunshine to the winter chill. 

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