January 14, 2019 at 6:04 am #8108
Spent an hour last night getting two pounds of cranberries ready for the dehydrator.
Sliced in half, put into the trays and started at 135f.
This evening I will pull them out and soak them in hot simple sugar solution (equal parts water and sugar) until they are rehydrated, then put them back into the dehydrator and drying them again.
Eventually they will find their way into a really nice spinach salad and other recipes.
A little bit of work, when the berries are $1 a pound, I’ll do the work with a smile.
January 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm #8113
Wow, that is a really good idea about soaking them in sugar water. I wondered how those sweetened storebought cranberries were done and now I know 🙂
January 15, 2019 at 5:18 am #8151
…never thot of that technique. Thanks!
January 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm #8164
Cranberry juice is my go-to kidney “medicine.” Today, I ordered dehydrated cranberry powder for longterm storage so I always have some available, but I’m wondering how it’s going to taste when liquid added. Cranberries are not native to my part of the world and the few times I see them fresh in the grocery store, usually around Thanksgiving, they’re really pricey. I’m just now starting dehydrating things, so I’ll put cranberries on my eventually try it list.
January 21, 2019 at 8:08 am #8342
Keep checking out the store for cranberries.
Our store is still clearing out the 2lb bags and while I had to cull a fair number,1/3lb maybe, it was still well worth the effort.
Tempted to grab a couple more before they are gone/rotten.
January 21, 2019 at 1:45 pm #8345
Thank you for the dried “Craisin” directions. I have wondered how it was done. I really enjoy “Craisins”. I am putting the name in quotes because it is a proper brand name.
How long do your dried cranberries last? If you were not able to eat then, that is. How do you store them? Vacuumed sealed in canning jars?
January 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm #8348
.OOH, thank you for the instructions. I found a couple bags of frozen cranberries at the store this last Thanksgiving.Do you think I could I dehydrate them using your “recipe” . DH and I really like to add them to salads and chicken salad. The dried bags in the stores are fairly expensive given the amounts you get in the bags for the price they charge.
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January 21, 2019 at 3:56 pm #8358
Frozen should be fine, if they are whole you might want to half them to aid the drying.
How long do they last?
About two days if the kids find them.
In the freezer, in a plain ziplock sandwich bag, the two pounds fill it when dried. But they may last until July, we eat them long before they go bad.
On the shelf, they are gone quickly so I have no clue beyond about a month.
January 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm #8366
Never thought about dehydrating cranberries. Will have to give that a try. Sounds good. Can you do strawberries or blueberries doing that the same way as the cranberries. Hubby loves blueberries in oatmeal and cereal.
January 21, 2019 at 9:24 pm #8372
I’ve done blueberries, they come out good, but don’t overdo the drying the second time.
Over dry like the cranberries, just like the blueberries and you have a crumbly mess that only works for baking once rehydrated.
Strawberries I don’t put through the second drying or sugaring unless I want to “candy” them.
January 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm #8374
Thanks again Whirlibird, Can’t wait to try it.
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