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    Anyone drying oranges? I have just started, I usually dry over 100 oranges, first batch in the Aga at the moment, my kitchen smells lovely, also rosehips drying too!

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    I make loads of pot pourri for selling at christmas. I dry oranges, rosehips, hawthorne berries and loads of other scraps I forage from the hedgerows. I have to say though, you are very luckky to have an aga, I'd love one, but as my kitchen is roughly only the size of two agas it's not a good idea.
    I do often manage to burn a load of oranges. i just forget they are there.
    full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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    • #3
      Oooo how do you go about drying oranges an dthings then??? I'm intrigued! Sorry - dense question I'm sure but sounds like something i might try - just for fun! I'm well into the whole idea of Christmas already...
      Caroline

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      • #4
        Drying oranges

        I usually slice fairly thinly, place between an old fluffy towel to press out excess juice. Place on racks and dry in simmering and plate warming oven of Aga. Keep checking and turning as necessary. I have forgotten the occasional rack full and they come out like burnt crisps. I also open up pine cones in the ovens and use on wreaths.

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        • #5
          Ooooo I think I may give this a go! Although, I already have visions of disaster and the smoke alarm going off

          How long do you usually leave them in for? And once you've toweld off the juices, do you cover them with anything when they are in the oven?
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          • #6
            Dried oranges

            Nope dont cover them with anything. Just took last rack out, they have been in about 3 hours, but do keep watching!

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            • #7
              Cool - thanks! Ooo I'm very excited! Just got find a spare 3 hours now! I mean obviously I realise I don't have to sit and watch them solidly for 3 hours but you know what I mean!!

              Thanks for sharing anyway - will keep you posted as to how it goes!! Or you may just hear the fire engine....
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              • #8
                I put alsorts in my standard oven. Just use a low heat and leave in for hours but do check.
                I also stick logs, bark etc in the oven to dry.
                Don't use the microwave to do it though. I once put a log in the microwave and it emerged smoking. I thought it was just drying out and so I left it on the side and went out to collect Eden. when I got back i found it had a lovely flame leaping out of the top!
                full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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                • #9
                  Orange drying

                  Hi

                  I attempted this last year, as I bought a tree and realised I had nothing to put on it!

                  I have to admit that my attempts weren't too great - I burnt half of them, but it was a great, aromatic way to use up my old, wrinkly oranges and decorate my tree with natural things at the same time.

                  Top tips for temperature and time would be appreciated for this year!

                  x

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                  • #10
                    Hi Frances,

                    My Top Tip for drying oranges would always be lowest heat possible, and dont forget to leave the oven door ajar, otherwise they cook instead of just drying. Good Luck with the drying, are you using them for Pot pourri? or something else? The house smells lovely when you are drying doesnt it? makes you feel all christmasey
                    Sarah

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                    • #11
                      ok the " silliest question " of the day..................... how long do they last once dried? ( do they rot?)

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                      • #12
                        Not a silly question - I'd like to know too?

                        Also, what else can you dry say, for a Christmas wreath? I have a huge holly bush and would love to use some of it up.
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                        • #13
                          would you need to dry holly leaves ? or just stick them in the wreath...

                          I leave the oven door open - set on warm...things take about 24 hours to dry, depending on the thickness...am having trouble drying my pear head/face...have scorched the back of it that sits on the cookie sheet.

                          I turn everything every hour...not the pear head...

                          I really need to get racks...and A BOOK...I've got one from the library on flower drying - lots of ideas for next spring's flower garden. This year it
                          was mainly roses, sunflowers, marigolds, and then herbs - bay leaves, rosemary springs, sage springs, chamomile flowers. My dried zinnias did not last well.

                          My rose hips turned black in the drying process.

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                          • #14
                            Wow thanks for this. I'll be trying this one too.
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                            • #15
                              I'm gonna dry out slices of fruit to display on my stall at craft fairs, in my dishes etc, they will look especially nice at this time of year leading up to christmas.

                              Do they really take 24 hours to dry out completely?? My mum would have a fit if i left the oven on that long

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