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Dehydrated Citrus Wheels dehydrated grapefruit Dried Lime slices Dehydrated Tangelos Dried Blood Oranges Dehydrated Meyer Lemons Winter Citrus The boyfriend and I spent the greater part of the weekend indulging in House of Cards. We just can’t get enough. We only have a few more episodes of season 2 left to watch and now the feeling of sadness and regret begin to sink in, wishing we had taken our time a little more to savor each episode. It’s okay though because it was really great just being a boob on Saturday with my guy.
So I’m really excited about our post today because it’s dehydrated citrus wheels! I love when winter rolls around and we’re able to enjoy all the fun seasonal citrus. I specifically get really excited for tangerines, blood oranges and Meyer lemons. Although the process can be a little tedious because of the time, dehydrating citrus wheels such an easy thing to do with beautiful results and lots of great uses. You can use your dehydrated citrus wheels to flavor a simple hot tea, chopped up and added to soups/stews, pureed into a powder and mixed with herbs and spices to create a custom rub for meats and seafood, or you can even mix it with other whole spices like cinnamon sticks and star anise for a fragrant and homemade potpourri.
If you’re having a boob-ish sort of day then why not put on a marathon on your favorite show while dehydrating some citrus? It’s so easy and your entire place will smell sweet and delicious for hours! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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DIY: Dehydrated Citrus Wheels

8 tangerines, sliced into 1/4” thick wheels
8 Meyer lemons, sliced into 1/4” thick wheels
8 limes, sliced into 1/4” thick wheels
16 key limes, sliced into 1/4” thick wheels
5 blood oranges, sliced into 1/4″ thick wheels
3 tangelos, sliced into 1/4” thick wheels
3 grapefruits, sliced into 1/4” thick wheels

1. Preheat oven to 170˚F.
2. In batches (each type of citrus at a time), arrange slices onto cooling racks and place each cooling rack onto a baking sheet. Place wheel into the oven and fully dehydrate:
• Tangerines: 5 1/5 to 6 hours, rotating baking sheets every 2 hours
• Meyer lemons: 4 to 5 hours, rotating baking sheets every 2 hours
• Limes: 4 to 5 hours, rotating baking sheets every 2 hours
• Key Limes: 3 to 4 hours, rotating baking sheets every 1 1/2 hours
• Blood Oranges: 6 to 7 hours, rotating baking sheets every 2 hours
• Tangelos: 7 to 8 hours, rotating baking sheets every 3 hours
• Grapefruits: 8 to 9 hours, rotating baking sheets every 3 hours

3. Wheels should be completely dry and slightly pliable to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
4. Great to use in hot teas, chopped into sauces and stews, pureed and used in a rub, or even used as a mild potpourri.

  1. Rachel Not Specified Not Specified

    This is quite literally the prettiest blog post I have seen all day, but I expect nothing less from you guys!

  2. Lexi Not Specified Not Specified

    I absolutely love the pictures you took of these dehydrated citrus wheels…so beautiful! I did the same exact thing with House of Cards with my boyfriend this past weekend. I mean, how can’t you just binge when they release a whole season like that?!

    xXo, Lexi of

  3. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today Not Specified Not Specified

    I am into House of Cards and I have no idea why. But maybe it’s a good thing ;) Great pictures.

  4. Connie Not Specified Not Specified

    A simple and pretty idea! I wonder if I could do this in my food dehydrator. I’ve dried other fruits in it (mostly apples, peaches, pears, pineapple, bananas and once strawberries) but I haven’t tried citrus. Nice post!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You totally can. I usually set my dehydrator to 130-135 degrees F, when dehydrating citrus wheels…the drying time will increase, so I would just watch out for that!

  5. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker Not Specified Not Specified

    This is just the prettiest thing. Love the array of colour and styling of this!

  6. foodnerd4life Not Specified Not Specified

    So very pretty, I didn’t think you could make blood oranges any prettier!

    FoodNerd x

  7. this is lemonade Not Specified Not Specified

    The colours are just so attractive, I couldn’t help but read this post. What a pretty, pretty thing to do with citrus. Reminds me of Christmas decorations. They’re like mini stained-glass windows. Would be great for all year round decorations too, hung at a window with the sunshine streaming through!

  8. Sophie Not Specified Not Specified

    These are just gorgeous, you guys! Great idea!

  9. Nina @ Ambrosia Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, I am really in LOVE with these photographs! They’re so striking and playful. Brilliant post!

  10. Emily Vizcarra Not Specified Not Specified

    So beautiful! If they are sealed in an airtight container after they are dehydrated, do you know how long they should last for?

  11. Annie @ ciaochowbambina Not Specified Not Specified

    So very beautiful!

  12. Traci Not Specified Not Specified

    So, so pretty! I loved looking at these. And House of Cards…very addicting. I understand the addiction!

  13. maisa leibovitz Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks so beautiful. I too watched way too much House of Cards over the weekend (we finished it) but should’ve been doing something productive like these beautiful things!

  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci) Not Specified Not Specified

    So, so gorgeous. Love these shots!

  15. Rosie Not Specified Not Specified

    These look great! So pretty as well as so useful!! Next time my oven’s free I’m going to get a batch of these made – thanks!

    Rosie xx

  16. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow–gorgeous! I want to make these just to look at them.

  17. Kara Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi Jenny, the photographs of the dehydrated citrus at the beginning of this post are absolutely beautiful. How did you achieve that effect? I was thinking of trying it for myself as a photography project. Thanks!

  18. phi Not Specified Not Specified

    Can I dehydrate apple and pear with the above method? Thanks!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Definitely! Although you will have to keep an eye on them bc the drying times will be a little different!

  19. Calvin Not Specified Not Specified

    Nice pics, but curious, what do you use dried citrus in?

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    Such eye candy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful images!!

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  23. natalie Not Specified Not Specified

    You mention that the citrus goes into the oven in batches based on the type of citrus. Is it possible to do limes, lemons and oranges each in the oven at the same time on different racks?


  24. Pamela Ray Not Specified Not Specified

    How do you store the beautiful dried citrus wheels?

    • Mommasita4 Not Specified Not Specified

      I SWEAR by my “seal a meal”….I dehydrate everything then seal in airtight bags OR I store in canning jars and use the attachment to seal the jars air tight! Keeps for a longer shelf life

  25. Cat Not Specified Not Specified

    Do these taste good enough to just snack on? I am in love with freeze dried mandarin oranges, but they are super expensive. Just wondering if you ever sampled some right off the tray!

    • Abby Hogan Not Specified Not Specified

      I was searching for info before drying some citrus from our yard. We were served rounds of grapefruit and orange at a friend’s house one night, to snack on while we played cards. Delicious!

  26. marla Not Specified Not Specified

    Now this is truly stunning & amazing!

  27. Alex Not Specified Not Specified

    I always feel sadness too when my favourite comes to a close. I felt the same way when “breaking bad” ended. These “dehydrated citrus wheels” look very refreshing, I love how convenient to seem to be to make um as well :)

  28. Tiffany @ Triple Creme Decadence Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ll to to watch House of Cards. I’ve been hearing so many great things about it. The citrus wheels are so vibrant! And I love how the idea of using dehydrated citrus as a meat rub!

  29. Sheena S. Not Specified Not Specified

    Prettiest post ever!

  30. Marion Not Specified Not Specified

    Ok…now I. WANT. THIS. FRAMED. <3

    GOOOOOOOORGEOUS (imagines the O here are citrus wheel too ;)

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  43. Lorenza Not Specified Not Specified

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up plus
    the rest of the site is very good.

  44. Chelsea Not Specified Not Specified

    Absolutely gorgeous. Can you please tell me the name of the script typeface you used? Thank you!

  45. Usnea Not Specified Not Specified

    You have inspired me for so many wonderful things in my future!!! Dehydration station is in process ♡ This house is going to smell amazing over the next couple days. I just had a romantic getaway this weekend in Joshua Tree, at a beautiful vaca home w an outdoor bath tub surrounded in citrus and pepper trees!! This recipe came to mind right away. So at the end of our weekend, I had my honey help me harvest a ton of this organic citrus grove lol no chemicals and no WAX!!! Just pure citrus love ♥♥♥

  46. Geoff Not Specified Not Specified

    G’day! Thank you for your recipe. I’m currently completing a winter contract as head chef for a winter educational camp in Gstaad Switzerland. It’s a bold statement, but I’ve enjoyed cooking here for children and international staff more than any other job I’ve had before. Found my niche ;) Previous chefs have had a reputation of assuming what kids like to eat and gave failed. I like to imagine that children enjoy lots of different, but simple food and added a creative aspect to it and so far have succeeded and had the praise from all the kids!! I used your recipe to compliment a dessert I created for the staff appreciation dinner over the weekend. Made a cocoa rich moist chocolate cake and cut a cavity in the middle of each individual cake, filled with blood orange curd and sealed over with dark chocolate ganache. The dehydrated blood orange wheel sat perfectly on the cake and was appreciated for its creative addition as well as its invidiual taste and texture. I will be creating this again for sure. Thank you again for your inspiration. Geoff the Chef :)

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!! Thank you for the kind words! Good luck with leading the educational camp, it sounds amazing and like so much fun! xx

  47. Debbie Anderson Not Specified Not Specified

    So beautiful! I tried this and I wondered if you had any tips chopping them up in small pieces for tea. I dried them as wheels and they were oh, so difficult to chop afterwards. Thank you!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I recommend gathering a few wheels into some paper towels and then just hitting them with the side of a knife…that should help to break them up!

  48. Lilly Not Specified Not Specified

    Has anyone ever dried these out in the oven after dipping them in sugar. Does it affect drying time? I’m trying to figure out how to make dried sweet citrus wheels.

  49. Dennis Minogue Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi can someone please tell me how to store the citrus wheels
    Thank you

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can store them in an airtight container, and keep them in a cool, dry place!

  50. Randal Oulton Not Specified Not Specified

    ” into a powder ” The inside pulp will always remain soft; how did you grind that into a powder? It just gums up the blades of kitchen appliances you try to powder it in?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      If you add a small amount of corn or tapioca starch to the mix, as you grind, you should be fine! :)

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