Friday, January 20, 2012

How to Make Dried Cranberries (without added sugar)

Apparently, it is pretty easy to dry your own berries, especially if you don't want the added sugar that always comes in the packaged kind. Today I gave it a whirl. My method is adapted from this post from the Cranberry Moms blog that I found. For this post I will use cranberries as an example, but I've heard that you can do this same thing for almost any berries (blueberries, etc). 

Preheat oven to 150-200 degrees.
Boil 2 cups of water. Turn burner off.
Submerge 1 (12oz) package of cranberries in the water. You will hear something to the effect of "squishhhh....whoosh....pthh..." as the berries will begin to "pop" and split.

In a couple minutes, when the berries have stopped popping, drain the pan and spread the cranberries on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 150-200 degrees overnight (6-8 hours) until berries are completely dried and not sticky.

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