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overhead shot of dried citrus wheels including blood oranges, navel oranges, limes, and lemons

Dried Citrus

How to dry any citrus fruit for beautiful dehydrated citrus wheels!
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Course: Baking & Cooking Basics
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 15 + slices


  • 2 Lemons cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 Limes cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 Blood orange cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 Cara Cara Orange cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 Navel Orange cut into ¼ inch slices


  • Preheat the the oven to 200F (or 170F if your oven can go lower) and make sure to set to convection oven settings. Then, line a tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Use a mandoline or a very sharp knife to slice the citrus into slices no more than ¼" in width. If the slices are thicker, they will take longer to cook.
  • Place the citrus slices onto the parchment lined tray and bake anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on the size of the citrus. Lemons and Limes take the least amount of time followed by oranges and lastly grapefruit which will take the longest.
  • After about 2 hours of baking, flip the citrus so the side facing the parchment paper is now exposed. Also, rotate the tray so that the citrus that was closest to the glass is now in the back of the oven. Continue this process every 2 hours as needed.
  • Once the citrus has no more moisture and is brittle to the touch, remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  • Use as a cocktail garnish, topping on a baked good, or blend into a citrus sugar. Enjoy!


  • Please see blog post for cooking times for citrus as well as tips on how to use dehydrated citrus wheels
  • Dried citrus wheels can be stored in a closed container in the fridge for several years assuming all the moisture has been removed. I prefer using them within a year of making if using for an edible purpose such as a cake topping or cocktail garnish.
  • Follow these same steps to make dried citrus in a dehydrator, but dehydrate for 6-8 hours at 135F.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
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