Reduce, Reuse, Rejoice: Citrus Slice Ornaments

Fragrant slices of dehydrated fresh citrus resemble little stained glass windows. Our easy, effective technique produces colorful results.
November/December 2009
http://www.motherearthliving.com/DIY-Projects/reduce-reuse-rejoice-citrus-slice-ornaments.aspx
We displayed our citrus slice ornaments at the Blair House in Washington D.C. The Blair House is the President's guest house.


Photo By Rob Cardillo

Slice of heaven

Fragrant slices of dehydrated fresh citrus resemble little stained glass windows. Our easy, effective technique produces colorful results.

Stained Glass Citrus
The name refers to the translucent quality of the citrus slices.

You will need:

• 1 lemon
• 1 orange
• 1 lime
• Clean kitchen towel
• Parchment paper or silicone mat
• Cookie sheet

Using a sharp knife, make very thin slices of the citrus fruits. Cut crosswise across citrus to expose the triangular sections. Fold slices within clean kitchen towel and press gently, but firmly, to soak up as much excess liquid as possible.

Arrange fruit slices on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place in a 170-degree oven for 1 to 2 hours (it may take longer if high levels of liquid remain in the fruit).

Tips
• Speed the process by turning the slices after the first hour.
• Occasionally open the oven door to allow steam to escape.