The picture above is our “second” failed attempt to dry cranberries.
The first time we washed and dried the cranberries and placed them in the dehydrator. Three days later, we realized they were never going to be like Craisins. Ours had very tough skins, and were still full of liquid.
Sadly, we disposed of the whole “extra large” batch. Next time we will use a recipe.
Full of hope and with recipe in hand, we started over. Why you may ask, well Steve is diabetic and I am sugar intolerant. We are trying to dry cranberries with no sugar. They add a nice taste to various foods.
Steve and I were careful to follow the recipe. We boiled the water and plunged the washed cranberries into the boiling water for 30 seconds.
Then we transferred them directly into ice water for a minute.
After draining we spread them on paper towels and patted them dry.
We placed the cranberries on the dehydrator racks in single layers properly spaced so that no berry touched another.
My dear beloved husband has the patience of Job and humors me, not once, but twice with my cranberry drying quest.
We turn on the dehydrator with full knowledge that within 24 hours we will have perfect dried cranberries.
Alas, that did not happen for us. Half of the berries were dry and crunchy and unpleasant to the taste. The other half was plump and full of liquid with a tough skin.
Although the cranberries did not turn out as we wanted, it was a good adventure. Steve and I have fun together.
Do you know how to dry cranberries?