How to Dehydrate Citrus

This past winter I bought a dehydrator from a thrift store. There had been several people in line at the food pantry that has been talking about dehydrating some foods this past couple of years. I was told to watch for a dehydrator at thrift stores to get one because I would like it better then using my oven. I finally found one this winter with 6 trays and mat accessories. I have been given plenty of oranges this past season and this was a way to preserve them to use in cooking.

I like how the citrus has turned out. Also I have been enjoying using it in drinks. I add it to water to make an infusion and all time summer favorite tea. They are also very pretty sitting on my kitchen counter. I live in Florida so I have access to plenty of oranges and citrus.

Dehydrating citrus is easy. You wash the fruit. Cut the ends off but save them to make citrus cleaner. I will give the recipe for that in the next post. The citrus should be slice into quarter inch slices with a sharp knife. Lay them on the tray flat. Mats came with my thrift store dehydrator, which I was so lucky to get because the mats keep the fruit from sticking to the trays. That makes for easy clean up. I dried them at the recommended temperature for fruit marked on my dehydrator which is 135 degrees. It took 12 hours for the 6 trays.

I reshuffled the trays around after a few hours when I checked on the progress. You do have to keep a eye on it until you become familiar with your dehydrator and how it takes to process foods. The second batch of trays I knew to wait about 6 hours to swap the trays around so there would be even drying.

Ideally you should store them in glass jars with tight lids. I didn’t have any jars large enough to do that. So I used what I had, which was plastic containers with tight lids. I am using it up so it is not lingering in food storage. Eventually I will get some glass jars to use.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. How lucky for you that you found one!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It isn’t something that is common. I am in Florida so it is something that does turn up in thrifts. I have been doing some small amounts of food to see what would work in my cooking. I love it for dehydrating potatoes. Potatoes I get sometimes from the food banks only they don’t have a lot of shelf life left. I dihydrate some so I don’t lose any to spoilage.

      Thanks for taking time to comment.

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      1. That’s a good idea to not lose the food. I’ll have to dig out my dehydrator.

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  2. Looks good.
    I use and keep glass used coffee jars. So much easier when I recycle. I look forward to your recipe.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I keep some jars but I needed a large gallon jar. It is just harder to find glass ones because plastic is being used more today for food items in food service industry. You can ask local restaurants and they will save gallon jars for you only they end up being plastic. I use them also.

      Thanks for your comment. I am working on the post now. I will have it up tomorrow.

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  3. Thank you for this article. I have been thinking about getting a dehydrator.

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    1. Janet Nelson says:

      I just found your comment in the spam. I think the spam bot kicked it out because of your first eleven words. Many of the spammers start out with about the same wording. I am sorry I didn’t check sooner.

      I like the dehydrator the best for herbs and potatoes. I live in a very warm climate and potatoes don’t keep well. Thanks for stopping in even with the door being locked. I been on this site for 8 years and have been logged in the whole time and in the past week I have to log in everyday, They have tighten security.

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      1. Thanks for letting me know that! I’d better check my own SPAM file!

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  4. Forestwood says:

    Great post. I wonder if you might even be able to use the juice in an orange cake, such that I made last week:
    https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/ten-minute-orange-cake-recipe/

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      The slices are very dry and crispy. I don’t think you can make juice from them. I have used them to season baked chicken by laying a couple on top of the chicken while baking. Mostly they are used in teas.

      Thanks for commenting. I looked at your recipe and it looks yummy.

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      1. Forestwood says:

        Okay. Now I understand. I assumed they were stored in a jar steeped in juice prior to dehydrating. Of course it wouldn’t be suitable for the cake if they were dehydrated first! Lol! Only perhaps as a decorative topping.

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  5. I look forward to seeing your recipes. I wondered at first how you would use dried oranges. Infused water is all the rage; and I imagine it would be lovely in ice tea with a little honey.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thank you. Water always did taste better with a little twist of lemon.

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