Friday, December 9, 2011

Tangerines Have Seeds

Did you know that tangerines have seeds? I apparently did not, when, three weeks ago, I bought a large bag at the grocery store. "Oh, we love these," I thought. But then I got home and realized that tangerines have seeds. And are difficult to peel. And therefore are not the ideal food for a family with little kids. At first I just thought Ben and I would eat our way through them, but then my lovely sister showed me some pictures of citrus garlands, and I knew what I needed to do! So if you, too, have mistakenly bought tangerines, or if you have a surplus of citrus, or if you just like having a little extra Christmas cheer, this one's for you!

Slice your citrus into small rounds and place on a baking sheet (mine is lined with parchment because it makes everything easier).

Place in your oven on lowest heat (ours is 170) for approximately 10 hours. When done, they will be pliable but dry.

Now string your citrus rounds onto thread. I've seen it done with ribbon, too, but I prefer the minimalistic look of lightly colored thread.


And then hang near some light and enjoy! You could also easily make some Christmas tree ornaments from these or use in other crafty ways. They have a faint citrus sort of smell and look colorful and cheerful.

4 comments:

The Benningtons said...

Ooh, that looks lovely (and fun!) I think my 2 1/2 year old triplets will love helping me with that! I'm not very crafty, so could you explain exactly how you threaded them? How did you keep them from turning sideways? Did you go through each slice twice? Sorry - any additional instruction is much appreciated:)

Adele said...

This is a perfect project for 2 year olds (with a mama's help). Yes, you're right on: you thread them twice (once in and then once out, or at about the 2 and 10 o'clock positions on a clock. This woman used ribbon so you can see the stitches more clearly:
http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com/2010/12/orange-garland.html

Good luck!

The Benningtons said...

Thank you! We'll give it a try! :)

Kerry said...

Ah, I could certainly have used this 3 weeks ago myself. We had lots of lovely tangerine juice with breakfasts for a while. I might just have to buy another bag just to make this though, gorgeous! ;)