Dehydrated Blueberries

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As if packing and preparing to move out of state in two days wasn’t enough, I decided I needed to go to the market and buy 4 pints of blueberries to dehydrate because they were really cheap. And just to complicate things, I forgot about them until I had literally packed everything in the kitchen. So now that I have unpacked 6 boxes labeled kitchen, prepared the blueberries, and have the fresh fruit nestled into the dehydrator I’m looking back and laughing at myself.

Regardless of my poor planning, I love blueberries. Every year when I see them on sale I buy too many! I chose to dehydrate them to save space and because they will make a great snack in the car. Thankfully I settled on a process that requires the fewest materials possible and was easy to pull together.

What you’ll need:

Blueberries

Pot of boiling water

Bowl of ice water

Food dehydrator

The process:

Wash and rinse the blueberries. Blanch the blueberries in a pot of boiling water until the skin cracks, about 20-30 seconds. Remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and transfer to the ice water. Drain blueberries on a towel and then arrange on dehydrator racks. Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees and allow blueberries to dry completely. This can take anywhere from *

Results: It’s important to blanch the blueberries until the skin cracks to ensure an even dry. These are simple dehydrated blueberries and their flavor will really reflect the exact flavor of the berry. Because of this, I think it is important to buy high quality organic berries. My blueberries turned out sweet and delicious.

We’ll be enjoying these in the car and for baking in the weeks to come. Even though it added to the amount of work I needed to complete today, I am glad I used the food dehydrator, which we are always saying we need to use more often. Now that I have it out I want to begin exploring other foods to dry. What are your favorite dehydrated foods?

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6 Responses to Dehydrated Blueberries

  1. maria says:

    I have done this and yes they are truly delicious :-)
    m.

  2. Keith says:

    If u cracked them in the boiling water, why put them in the ice water? I find that dropping them in the cold water after made a mess of things last time with a loss of juice and end product somewhat likefruit leather. Or maybe i boiled them too long. I hate wasting juice. I captured as much as i could and boiled it down. Which gave me a nice mild juice im mixing with sumacade and spirulina! Now thats a breakfast! Lol.

  3. Keith says:

    If u cracked them in the boiling water, why put them in the ice water? I find that dropping them in the cold water after made a mess of things last time with a loss of juice and end product somewhat likefruit leather. Or maybe i boiled them too long. I hate wasting juice. I captured as much as i could and boiled it down. Which gave me a nice mild juice im mixing with sumacade and spirulina! Now thats a breakfast! Lol.

    I find that thw dehydrator lets me buy or grow in bulk because otherwise i seldom use stuff in time and it goes to waste. It is perhaps my favorite kitchen tool after the pot, the spoon, and the knife!

    • brookeO says:

      It does sound like maybe you cooked yours a little too long. The ice water should prevent them from continuing to cook after removing them from the boiling water.

      And, I couldn’t agree more about the dehydrator. It’s a fantastic tool for preserving and allows for some of the most delicious gourmet trail meals!

      • Keith says:

        Yea id like to dehydrate naturally but i havent gotten around to that yet. Hard to beat the uniformity of the machine.

        I finished my next batch and found that the boiling water cracked some, the cold water then cracked more and lastly the spoon cracked the rest as i spread them out on the sheet. I was a bit rough with them if they looked intact.

        The first batch i did i didnt crack and they took a couple days. I think if i rehydratethem they might be ok but as is they are a little too cooked. Luckily it was a small batch!

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