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.
Pot of boiling water
Bowl of ice water
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?