If you’ve bought an air fryer, now is the time to fully enjoy all the benefits it offers…one of which is dehydrating food. You can dehydrate anything from food – vegetables, meat, pastries, fruit… let’s see how to pair dehydrated oranges!

How does an air fryer work as a dehydrator?

Air fryers with dehydration function work by drying (dehydrating) food using a built-in fan and low heat. The flow of hot air reduces the moisture in the food you prepare in the air fryer. The main benefit of this is that it’s a healthy way to prepare food, preserve nutrients, and reduce food waste because once food dries, it doesn’t spoil as quickly.

Note that while almost all new air fryers have a dehydration feature, some may not! In this case, you can try to do it yourself (without using that preset function). However, since food dehydrates at 120°F to 150°F (max), if you can’t get your air fryer down to 135°F (the max temperature for dehydrating oranges), it’s best to use some other method.

How to dehydrate orange slices in the air fryer?

First, buy some good, preferably larger (since dehydration will reduce the size of the slices), oranges. Wash and slice them into thin slices (1/4 inch); it doesn’t matter how thin the slices are, they’re all the same size, so they can be done at the same time.

It would be better if you had dehydration mode as a preset function on your air fryer instead of something as simple as turning a button or pressing it…maybe your air fryer even has a different type of food dehydration setting. Anyway, the preset function temperature and airflow settings should be perfect, but you can additionally lower it manually if needed (if the temperature is too high).

If your air fryer does not have a preset dehydration mode, you will need to manually set the temperature. Typically, the temperature you’ll want to set is 120°F to 135°F, but this is only a guide as it also depends on airflow to some extent. With most air fryers, you’ll get a recipe book or instruction booklet with some basic food preparation guidelines, and you should be able to find a guide on how to dehydrate fruit.

Here are some tips to pay attention to:

  • Correct time and temperature are critical! This is not universal, it depends on several variables, one of which is the air fryer you are using. Sometimes it can be a trial and error preparation until you get it right.
  • 95% dehydration is the optimal level. It’s better to keep your slices “overly dehydrated” rather than “raw.” how do you know? If the slices are sticky and soft, you will need to keep them for a while longer.
  • Be prepared and patient. Make sure you have your oven and oranges ready and be prepared to be patient. Dehydrating oranges can take anywhere from 3 hours to 10 hours (some even longer).


Dehydrated oranges are a great way to add an extra exotic flavor to your food. They look good as a garnish and taste great as a food additive or spice. Our personal favorite is adding them to any chocolate dessert…it just adds the perfect citrus flavor that makes the dessert special.

Enjoys yourself!

Attention: This article – How to Dehydrate Orange Slices in Air Fryer has the permission from GaoMon Blogs, for Product Recommendation of GaoMon Home – Embrace The New Style of Life.


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