View Full Version : dehydrating cranberries
12-30-2008, 07:39 PM
Can anyone tell me why it takes so long for fresh cranberries to dehydrate...I had a lot left over after thanks giving...they are still in the dehydrator,lol..shouldn't they look like raisins about now,lol
12-30-2008, 08:20 PM
The instructions that came with my dehydrater said to blanch them first by soaking in boiled water for a minute or so. This helps to break down the skin and will allow them to dehydrate better. Since you want them raw, you can't do this. So you have to break the skin by another means. Like cutting them in half. Or piercing them in several places.
The first time I did cranberries, I didn't do this and it took about 4 or 5 days. They never got like raisins. Instead, they got light and crispy and puffed full of air. Very refreshing.
12-30-2008, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the response...they have been in the dehydrator for about 2 weeks,lol...I will know better next time!...thanks
I haven't done this before either. I wonder if you could just pulse them in a FP rather than slicing them? Seems like it would be time consuming to slice them, but I might be wrong.
12-31-2008, 08:15 AM
I cut them in half, then toss them with a little sweetener before dehydrating. Doesn't really take too much effort and then they only take a couple days. :D
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