Quick Tip: Dried Citrus Slices Without a Dehydrator

dried lemon slices

You don’t need a dehydrator (although I totally want one) to make beautiful and tasty dried citrus slices. I made these to cut into garnish for an appetizer but the uses for dried citrus slices are a-plenty. For travel or office days, folks love to keep a jar on hand to add to tea or water. Dare I add a cocktail to that list? They are also great for decorating sweet treats, stringing as a garland, simply displaying in a bowl, or even just snacking. Meyer Lemons, like I used here, or oranges work best. Limes are pretty for a decoration but taste quite bitter. Here’s how you make a batch…Preheat oven to 225 degrees F

Wash a Meyer lemon or orange

Slice at 1/4″ thick

Lay on parchment lined baking sheet

Bake for 2-4 hours, checking every 30 minutes until crisp. Flip after 1 hour.

If they are browning too quickly, reduce heat.

Once completely dry and cool, store in an airtight jar.




They may be eaten as is, strung together to make a garland, displayed in a dish, or even used to embellish other desserts. You may also use oranges or Meyer lemons, which I did. While limes seem attractive, their bitter flavor makes them more suitable for decorative purposes.


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