Let me tell you, these dehydrated candied oranges are delicious. These would make a great gift for someone or just make a bunch for yourself and your family.
First, you want to prep the oranges so that the skins won’t be so bitter. You can use whatever oranges you like. If they aren’t sweet, that is fine. When you dehydrate them that will bring out some sweetness and the syrup and sugar will top it off.
I leave the skins on, so you want to be sure to wash your oranges really well before you blanch them.
- In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
- Slice your oranges 1/4 inch thick and place them in the boiling water. I use this mandoline or my pioneer woman knives. If you use a mandoline please be sure to use some no-cut gloves.
- Blanch your oranges for about 2 minutes.
- Remove the oranges and set them aside.
- Discard the water.
- In the same pot bring 6 cups of water and 6 cups of sugar to a boil. Stirring occasionally.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add in the orange slices.
- Turn the heat to a medium-low and let the oranges slices simmer in the syrup.
- Simmer your orange slices for 30 minutes. Stir often to keep the oranges from sticking to each other.
- Turn your dehydrator on 135 degrees, and make sure you have your trays lined- with either parchment paper or these tray liners. I have an Excaliber 9 tray and those tray liners are perfect for my dehydrator.
- When your oranges are ready take them out of the pot and carefully place them on your lined trays.
- Put them in your dehydrator and let them be. The drying time depends on many factors. So it will vary. With these having the syrup on them they will be very sticky.
- I take mine out of the dehydrator when they are close to being dry and roll them in sugar. Then I put them back into the dehydrator to finish drying. Let them come to room temperature before you check for dryness.
- The total drying time is around 6-12 hours.
- Once they are dry remove them and let them cool.
- Place the candied orange slices in an airtight container and condition them over the next couple of days. If they last that long!
- Enjoy your Dehydrated Candied Orange Slices!
If you do not know what conditioning is, be sure to check out my YouTube video here.
Side Note: You can also dip the orange slices in melted chocolate. Yum!
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