Oh, I love raspberries. And let me tell you, dried raspberries are JUST as good!
They can be a little pricey in the store, so I want to show you how to dehydrate raspberries at home, so you can enjoy an endless supply (without busting your budget).
First, Prep Them Properly
To get the best finished product possible – and one that will last on the shelf a long time –
Step 1: Use the right kind of raspberries. Not all raspberries are ideal for dehydrating. You’d want to avoid those that are overripe because they’ll likely break apart and crush during the process. The best ones for drying are those that are still firm to the touch and bright red in color.
Step 2: Wash them thoroughly.
Step 3: Remove excess water as the dehydration process would take longer if the berries are not completely dried. You can do this by lining the raspberries on paper towels and gently blotting them out until they’re thoroughly dried.
Step 4: Slice each raspberry in two so they dry faster.
Step 5: Spritz the berries lightly with lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.
Once prep is done, you’re ready to dehydrate. There are a few different methods you can use, which we’ll discuss below.
Using a Dehydrator
The first method you can try, and probably the most effective, is slowly drying the raspberries inside a dehydrator. To start, arrange the raspberries on the dehydrator trays with about an inch of space in between each piece for proper air circulation.
Dehydrate the raspberries by setting the heat temperature to around 135 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The process should take around 10 to 15 hours or more. But be sure to check the raspberries at the 10th hour.
You’ll know they’re totally dried when they’re light and crunchy and there’s no hint of moisture or softness on the surface.
Using an Air Fryer
Some manufacturers these days have found an ingenious way to come up with a combination of air fryer and dehydrator in one so it’s really possible to use this device in drying out your fruits and veggies.
But the question is, can you dry your raspberries using a standard air fryer? It’s possible. The trick to dehydrate raspberries or any kind of fruit in an air fryer without burning them is to set the air fryer in its lowest heat setting.
This could be somewhere between 150 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Again, place the raspberries on the racks with enough room in between the pieces for proper air circulation.
Set the air fryer timer for 15 minutes but be sure to check every five minutes to avoid burning any piece. Repeat step as needed.
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Using an Oven
The oven is a very versatile kitchen tool. Aside from baking, you can use it for dehydrating fruits, and you might be wondering right now how to dehydrate raspberries in the oven.
To try this, the first step would be placing a parchment paper on the baking sheet. Arrange the berries on it with an inch of space in between them for warm air to circulate properly. Set the temperature at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
For better air circulation, you can partially open the oven door. Set your timer to around six hours. At the 6-hour point, check the raspberries.
They should have a soft and bendable texture which is ideal if you want to use them as toppings for your cakes and other pastry goodies.
On the other hand, if you want them simply as snacks to bring on the road, working from home or just about any time, you’d probably prefer a crispier texture. If that’s the case, leave them in the oven for eight hours instead.
Drying Them in the Sun
If you want to go the more traditional, natural route, you can try solar drying your raspberries. This is ideal in the summer or especially if you live in an area that receives a generous amount of sunshine around the year.
You’ll need to choose a very good outdoor spot to lay the raspberries out in the sun. This can be your concrete front yard, back yard or roof deck.
Just opt for the best place with good air circulation, direct sunlight, and of course, away from pesky bugs and insects that the berries might attract.
Ideally, the minimum outdoor temperature should be around 85 degrees Fahrenheit with less than 60% humidity. Higher temperature is desirable.
You can make a drying rack using aluminum or tin. But baking sheets will do if you have them. Once you’ve arranged the raspberries on the drying rack, cover them with cheesecloth to prevent dust and other pollutants from getting into the fruits.
I also like this hang dryer as another alternative to drying racks:
Want to keep your raspberries longer? Dehydrate raspberries to have throughout the year. Follow these easy steps to dehydrate raspberries and fill your pantry!
Raspberries, like blackberries, usually last just a few days, and then turn to moldy mush in the blink of an eye. They’re ripe. and then *poof* they’re not. This is the mold monster.
Don’t let the mold monster win.
If you love raspberries and want to keep them longer than just a few days, your choices are as follows
How to Dehydrate Raspberries
- Inspect for and remove any bad raspberries or debris;
- Rinse or soak thoroughly. I use a 3:1 vinegar/water wash;
- Shake gently to drain, then lay out on towels to dry;
- Lay raspberries on racks for your dehydrator;
- Dehydrate at 125F | 52C for 24-36 hours or until paper dry. (Typically you dry fruit at 135F, but I have found 125F works best for raspberries and blackberries.)
Step 1: Inspect Raspberries
It’s important to remove any bad raspberries that may be developing mold. Remove any debris as it is not something you want in your final powder.
Step 2 Wash Raspberries
Rinsing thoroughly, or soaking if you choose, not only helps rinse away pesticides and other organic matter, but also helps remove mold spores that may be settling on your fruit.
Step 3: Dry Raspberries
Since raspberries have an opening that allows water to collect, gently shake raspberries in a colander, run through a salad spinner, or layout on towels to allow water to evaporate. They do not have to be perfectly dry, but get as much moisture out as you can.
Step 4: Place on Trays
Whether you’re using an Excalibur 9-tray, a Nesco FD-80 or other dehydrator, lay your raspberries out on racks. You may choose to use a liner for your racks in case there is some juice that sticks during the process, but it isn’t necessary.
If you notice, I am not fussed with the way these look. Some like to place with the opening down to help with dehydrating time. I’ve never found it to help. Just give them space.
*if you are dehydrating frozen raspberries, DO place protective liners on each tray as the cells of the fruit are damaged in the freezing process, and you will have a lot of juice. I would suggest defrosting first, then putting your raspberries in the dehydrator to dry to keep the mess at a minimum (but still protect the machine with liners).
Step 5: Dry at 125°F/52°C
Drying time can take from 18-36+ hours. You may have to go longer if your raspberries are big and plump, you have humid weather, or your machine is crammed full.
*Note: While fruit is typically dried at 135F, I prefer to dry my raspberries and blackberries a little cooler at 125F to help them dry a little slower. Because they can be problematic in dying into hard little nuggets, I find drying them a little slower helps them dry more evenly and be more beneficial to the powdering process in the end.
Step 6: Dryness test
Step 7: Condition
Conditioning – once you’ve dehydrated your raspberries, you need to condition them for about a week. Place in an airtight canning jar, and shake the jar once or twice a day. Conditioning is the act of allowing the humidity level (preferably less than 20%) to equalize amongst all the fruit in the jar as some may hold more moisture than others.
If you see condensation on the inside of the jar, throw them back into the dehydrator and dry longer. If you see no condensation, continue with long-term storage.
Store your dehydrated raspberries for up to a year in an airtight container. Nothing else is needed.
Vacuum sealing: You can watch this video on how I vacuum seal my blackberries for long-term storage. You can do it for all of your dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
However, there is one addition to the video that I did not make clear. If you are storing in regular mouth jars, instead of a wide mouth, use two lids through the process. The two lids allow for better seating of the bottom lid and better overall suction. Then simply remove the top lid to use again another day.
Either way, you’ll need these jar attachments to use this storage method. If you don’t have a full-sized vacuum sealer, you can use this hand-held model to do the same thing.
Dehydrating Raspberries Q&A
Can I dehydrate frozen raspberries?
Yes, but I do suggest you allow them to come to room temperature on paper towels (or lint-free towels you’re willing to be stained), to allow the juice to be absorbed. The cell structure of the fruit is slightly damaged in the freezing process, so they will be juicy and can make a mess in your dehydrator. You’ll want to go ahead and use liners for your trays
How to use dried raspberries
- Throw a handful into pancake or waffle batters (you might want to chop them) and allow them to sit for a few minutes before cooking
- Add to water kefir or other drinks to flavor
- Snack on them – they will be tart, but if you get in season good raspberries, the tart/sweet is perfect. Off-season raspberries are better as a powder
- Use to make dressings
- Make into a powder for even more uses (See below)
What kind of dehydrator should I use?
Ideally, a dehydrator should have a temperature setting that allows you to go from 95F-160F (35-70C), and is powerful enough to run with consistent heat for up to two days (I look for at least 600 watts). You also want trays that are not thin plastic that might break quickly. I use an Excalibur 9-tray and a Cosori .
If you’d like other recommendations for the best dehydrators in every budget, I’ve got you covered, too.
How to Powder Raspberries
- Place raspberries in a blender or coffee grinder (I really love this grinder as it has a removable bowl for easier cleaning);
- Pulse until powdered;
- Run through a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds;
- Store in an airtight container with a desiccant pack to absorb moisture.
Tip – watch this video to see the complete process.
How to Dehydrate Raspberries and Make Raspberry Powder Video
If you love the taste of fresh raspberries, preserve their deliciousness by dehydrating the berries in your conventional oven. Dehydrate raspberries to store them for a long time. The raspberries will last 6 to 12 months in an air-tight container. Rehydrate the raspberries by soaking them in water. Add the raspberries to oatmeal, cereal, trail mix or your favorite snack. The raspberries require a long time to dehydrate, but the result is rewarding.
Use only ripe, fresh raspberries.
Check the berries for damage or alterations. Discard raspberries that have imperfections.
Clean the raspberries under cold water. Remove dirt, debris and stems from the berries.
Dry the raspberries on paper towels.
Boil enough water in a cooking pot to cover the berries, but don’t include the berries in the pot while the water heats.
Place the raspberries in the boiling water for 30 seconds. This cracks the skin of the fresh berries so that moisture is removed while they dehydrate.
Remove the raspberries from the boiling water and immediately place them in a bowl or pot of cold water to prevent them from cooking.
Spread the raspberries on a cookie sheet. If you have many raspberries, use more than one cookie sheet to allow for adequate drying room.
Place the cookie sheet with raspberries in a conventional oven. Set the oven at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Raspberries take 10 hours to dehydrate.
Remove the raspberries from the oven. The raspberries are finished dehydrating once they are brittle and no longer moist inside. Squeeze the berries to ensure that they do not contain moisture. Place the raspberries back in the oven if they are still moist and not brittle.
Let the raspberries cool.
Store the raspberries in an air-tight, moisture-free container in a cool, dark environment, such as a refrigerator or basement.
A step by step tutorial on how to dehydrate raspberries, that will help you capture the flavor of raspberries all year long.
Raspberries are a favorite in my house amongst my five kids – which is great when they are on sale for $.97 each. At one point, we had a few raspberry bushes here at our house but they didn’t grow well. I’m almost certain it was the heat here in Phoenix… it gets so hot in the summer and they require quite a significant amount of water.
In some areas of the county, raspberries grow beautifully – wild, perfect and delicious. For right now though, I buy mine at the grocery store (which means that we need to eat them rather quick before they turn!)
Thankfully, it’s really easy to dehydrate them. After they are dehydrated you can use them for granola, or even grind them down into raspberry powder.
How to Dehydrate Raspberries
- Thoroughly wash and dry your raspberries. I like to drain mine in a colander and then blot them dry with a thick towel to get as much water off of them as I can.
- Arrange the raspberries in a single layer on your dehydrator trays. Place the raspberry with the center hole facing down to allow any remaining water to drip down.
- Spritz them with a tiny bit of lemon juice or vinegar to prevent them from turning brown. Then dehydrate them at 130 degrees F for 12-18 hours.
Wash and Dry your Raspberries
Start by picking raspberries that aren’t over-ripe. If they are over-ripe (mushy, dark red) they will not dehydrate well and they might fall apart.
Wash and dry your raspberries and allow them to drain in the colander. Dump them out on a heavy (clean) towel and try to pat them dry as best as you can. Raspberries like to absorb water, they are almost like a sponge. Not to mention, the center hole tends to collect water as well.
Fill up your Dehydrator Trays
Place your raspberries face down on the dehydrator trays, making sure to provide ample space between the berries. I was able to fill up my entire dehydrator with 4 lbs of raspberries.
If you have a spray bottle, carefully spray the raspberries with a light layer of lemon juice (or vinegar). That acid will help them retain their color through the dehydrating process.
Place your trays inside the dehydrator and dry your raspberries for 12-18 hours at 130 degrees F. As time progresses, the raspberries will get lighter and crisper as the water gets pulled out of the fruit.
Store the Raspberries
Once the raspberries are done, you’ll want to store them away from light and moisture. You can vacuum pack them with a food saver attachment, or simply grind them down to powder and store that way.
I like to put mine in food saver bags and vacuum save, then pop them in the freezer for long term storage. When stored properly, raspberries will keep for up to one year.
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It’s that season of the year when leaves are changing colors, temperatures are getting cooler, and the air is crisper. Fall is one of my favored seasons because it means I can start dehydrating more fruits and vegetables for the winter months. For example, dehydrated raspberries have a sweet taste with just a hint of tartness from the raspberry seeds. Therefore, they make an excellent snack on top of ice cream or yogurt in the winter. Still, you can also dehydrate them to use in baking recipes during this holiday season!
Raspberries can also be expensive, so dehydrating them now ensures you can have a supply of these delicious foods on hand for your favorite recipe.
What You Will Need
- A dehydrator
- Dehydrating jars or dehydrated fruit bags for storage
How to Dehydrate Raspberries
- The first step to dehydrating raspberries is to pick good-quality raspberries and discard any moldy ones you find.
- Next, you need to rinse them in a colander with cold water to remove any pesticides or other chemicals.
- It would help to dry the berries thoroughly since it’s crucial to dehydrate them as quickly as possible so that they don’t spoil. For this, you can use the colander and gently shake the berries for the water to evaporate (don’t worry about not being able to dry them thoroughly but try to remove much of the water)
- Then place the raspberries on dehydrator trays; make sure they are spaced out and not touching.
- Finally, dehydrate them at 135 degrees Fahrenheit until crisp or for about 12 hours.
- Enjoy once cooled!
Tip: Drying times can vary depending on dehydrator settings, fruit size, or other factors, so be sure to monitor the drying process and check for doneness after about 12 hours.
How to Tell If Raspberries Have Dehydrated
Your dehydrated raspberry should be light and crispy when you bite into it. You can tell that the raspberries are thoroughly dried out if they have lost all moisture or feel completely hard to touch.
How to Store Raspberries:
First, you should make sure the berries are completely cool. This is because moisture can form in the container, which can decrease the shelf life of the fruit.
Next, you will need to condition the raspberries; to do this, you must place the dried berries loosely in a clean jar. Keep the fruit for 7 to 10 days in there, at least once a day, shaking your jar and checking on condensation levels; if there is, you will need to dehydrate the berries a bit more.
It would help if you stored the berries in an airtight container. You can also use a jar that features an airtight seal if you like.
Where to Buy Dehydrated Raspberries
If you feel dehydrating raspberries at home isn’t for you, dehydrated fruit is available at many stores. You may find dry berries or raspberry powders at your local grocery store, natural food market, or specialty health foods store specializing in dehydrated fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for a particular brand, there is an extensive selection online that includes; Auguson Farms, Natierra, and Trader Joe’s. You can find most of these products on Amazon.
Dehydrated Raspberries Recipe Ideas
You can add these fruits to different recipes; below are some ideas:
- Add them into pancake or waffle batters (make sure to chop them first) and let them sit for a few of minutes before cooking.
- Add to other drinks to flavor.
- Snack on them or include them in your breakfast cereal.
- Add them to a fruit tart crust, pie crust, and other dessert recipes that call for dehydrated fruits.
- Include with granola or make into dry raspberry chip cookies!
- Use to make dressings.
- Make this fruit into a powder for different uses.
The process of dehydration can be a tedious one, but it pays off in the final product. So, if you want to use your dehydrator for dehydrating raspberries, follow these steps and enjoy this healthy treat! We hope this recipe guide has been helpful, and we’d love to hear from you about what other recipes or foods you would like us to cover here on our blog. So, leave us a comment below with your request or email me. Happy dehydrating!
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This week in an effort to do a little preserving and healthy-snack preparing, we made our very first batch of dehydrated raspberries! I have dehydrated a fair amount of fruits but this was the first time I ever made raspberry powder, and sneak peak, it was so worth it.
In my latest Azure Standard Haul I picked up a huge 30 lb box of organic frozen raspberries. I love buying in bulk so that I don’t run out of our staples, and buying frozen and dried fruit from Azure Standard has saved us a lot of money compared to buying smaller portions.
These raspberries were an amazing price and once dried, you would never know they started out as frozen.
My girls liked ‘helping’ with this project, although they mostly just sneaked as many raspberry bits as they could get!
Why Dehydrate Frozen Raspberries?
You could just leave the raspberries frozen, but then you’d need to make a lot of muffins and smoothies. 🙂 Drying them adds so many ways we can use them, plus I am always looking for ways to add healthy snacks to our pantry.
Here are some other reasons why I dry frozen raspberries
- Frozen raspberries are cheaper than fresh ones, and available in the winter months
- Dried fruit is delicious and an easy healthy snack for my two toddlers! (And me!)
- Freezer space is precious but pantry space is plentiful
- Raspberry powder is a really fun and tasty way to add flavor and vitamin c to [email protected] (More on this later)
- Drying is a fun way to use up Bulk food
How to Dehydrate Frozen Raspberries
One of my most trusted and favorite resources for food preservation information is the National Center for Home Food Preservation. Their website is full of easy guides that teach you basically everything you need to know about safe and easy fruit and vegetable drying.
The NCHFP’s recommendations for dehydrating soft berries like raspberries are that they need no pre-treatment, and need a dehydrating temperature of about 135 degrees.
I scooped out the raspberries and raspberry pieces with a spoon and laid them out evenly on the plastic trays that came with my dehydrator. You don’t even need to thaw them out.
The drying time depends on the moisture content of the fruit, and since these were frozen they were pretty wet. I typically let them dry for a few hours, then check the fruit and rotate the trays if needed. Then I repeat the checking and rotating until they are done.
Don’t turn the heat up to speed up the process, and don’t forget about them, or they will burn! (I had a few raspberries darken slightly because I let it go overnight, but it’s not the end of the world.) This can take anywhere from 8 to 18 hours depending on how big and how moist your raspberries are. This particular box I purchased was actually raspberry pieces, so I had a lot of small bits.
Berries should be dried until they rattle when shaken on the trays. They should have about a 20% moisture content which protects them from spoilage.
they kind of melt
After drying, I let them cool for an hour or so and then placed the pieces I wanted to remain whole in a mason jar with a cute pink lid. It will keep for 6-12 months but then again, no it won’t. 🙂
For more detailed instructions on fruit dehydrating head over to the NCHFP’s site.
The rest went into my food chopper to turn into delicious magical unicorn raspberry powder!
I LOVE this recipe because raspberry powder (especially organic) is super expensive. It doesn’t have to be this way!
The plastic trays I have are pretty pliable so I just bent them right into the blender pitcher and scraped the dried berries down. This was super easy and almost mess free.
I recommend blending the raspberries in pulses and taking breaks so they don’t start to warm up and reintroduce moisture. It only took a few minutes to blend all the trays down, which ended up being about a cup’s worth of powder.
that powder smells so good, and the dust tastes good too!
I used this handy mason jar funnel to pour the powder in.
You can see that some of the seeds did not blend, that doesn’t bother me. If you really must have a perfectly fine powder, than you can continue to blend or strain out the seeds.
How Can You Use Raspberry Powder?
Using the dried whole raspberries is easy. Just eat them, or throw them (and a bit of extra liquid) into a recipe that calls for raspberries. Or, you can reconstitute them and treat them like fresh raspberries (although they will be kind of mushy)
Using the powder though…. That’s where it gets fun.
When I posted the photos of this project on instagram, I was immediately asked “But what do you do with the powder!”
Not only does the powder add raspberry flavor, but it is also an easy way to add that natural pink color without using conventional food coloring. Plus, it adds a bit of vitamin C and other all the other goodness raspberries are made from.
Here’s some ideas:
- Mix some into your herbal tea
- Add some to your homemade whipped cream (This sounds amazing!)
- Use it to flavor and sweeten homemade yogurt
- Add a bit to pancakes or muffins (We did this yesterday, and it was awesome!)
- Make a flavored syrup or honey
- Add it to water or milk
- Make Raspberry vinaigrette
- Add it to oatmeal
- Use it in a meat marinade (yes.)
- Stare at it and just think about how awesome it is
- Make Raspberry Lemonade
- Throw some in a shake
- Add it to homemade icecream
- I’ve even heard of people making tinted lip balm or blush with it, but I haven’t looked into that yet.
So basically add raspberry powder to everything and call it a day!
Now I need to do this with blueberries, and carrots, and beets, and everything else I can get my hands on.
Do you have any other ideas of what to do with raspberry powder? I’ll add it to my list!
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The shape and seediness of whole raspberries makes pureed raspberry fruit leather the best option for drying the juicy summertime favorite. Fruit leathers from raspberry puree may be dried in an oven or a dehydrator. If you prefer to preserve the red fruits in whole form, you can use either an oven or a dehydrator.
Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, if using the oven method. Prepare the oven-drying trays by lining a cookie sheet with plastic wrap and smoothing the wrap’s surface to minimize unevenness in the final product. If you’re using a dehydrator, set the manufacturer’s liner sheets into the dehydrator tray or trays.
Remove any stems and debris from individual raspberries, if needed.
Puree 2 cups of whole raspberries in a food processor or blender, then press the pureed raspberries through a sieve to remove the seeds.
Squeeze a lemon to extract fresh lemon juice.
Combine the puree with 1/4 cup honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Spread the raspberry puree over the plastic-lined cookie tray or lined dehydrator tray, using a spatula or spoon. Aim for a layer that’s 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
Set the tray in the preheated oven and leave the door propped open 2 to 6 inches. Alternatively, put the dehydrator tray in the dehydrator and set the appliance’s thermostat to 135 to 140 F, unless the manufacturer suggests otherwise.
Remove the raspberry leather after about 6 hours, or when it is leathery and easily bent.
Peel the leather off the plastic wrap or dehydrator liner and set it on a clean piece of plastic wrap. Roll the plastic-covered raspberry leather up tightly, and store.
Dried Whole Fruit
Preheat the oven to 140 F, or set your dehydrator to 140 F or the manufacturer’s recommended setting.
Remove any stems and debris from individual berries, if necessary.
Place the whole raspberries on a cookie sheet if you’re drying them in the oven. Place them on the dehydrator tray if you’re using a dehydrator.
Check the berries after 4 hours. Remove them when they are hard and no juice escapes when pressed. The raspberries will also have a rattling sound when they have dried completely.
Store the cooled, dried whole raspberries in a clean, airtight container.
Place the cookie sheet with raspberries in a conventional oven. Set the oven at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Raspberries take 10 hours to dehydrate. Remove the raspberries from the oven. via
How do you dry raspberries in the oven? (video)
How long does it take to dehydrate raspberries?
Lay raspberries on racks for your dehydrator; Dehydrate at 135F for 24-36 hours or until paper dry. Store in airtight container for up to twelve months. Preferably vacuum seal for long-term. via
How do you dehydrate raspberries at home?
Wash and dry your raspberries thoroughly. Arrange them in a single layer on your trays, with the hold down to allow water to drain. Spray with just a bit of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. Dehydrate at about 135 degrees for 15-18 hours. via
Are dehydrated raspberries good?
Dehydrated raspberries are the perfect healthy snack for camping, munching on at work, taking the kids on an outing, or just snacking at home! They are so easy to make in a food dehydrator. If vacuum-sealed, they are a great addition to your food storage! via
Can you air dry raspberries?
Dry the raspberries.
Once you’ve selected the best raspberries for dehydrating, scatter them on a baking sheet and let them air dry. This will take several hours since the berries should be completely dry. via
Are frozen raspberries good?
Unlike other preservation methods, frozen raspberries contain just raspberries. No sugar, no additives, just cold air. Freezing is one of the ultimate ways to preserve food and does not reduce nutrients. One cup of frozen red raspberries is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. via
What do dehydrated raspberries taste like?
These sweet, dried red raspberries are well worth the price! They have that perfect freshly-picked raspberry flavor; a harmonious balance of sweet and tart. via
How do you dry raspberries after washing? (video)
How do you know when a pineapple is dehydrated?
The dehydrated pineapple will be finished when it is firm, chewy, and lightly sticky. For best results, vacuum seal or place in air-tight freezer bags. via
How do you dehydrate raspberries in the microwave?
Can you freeze dry raspberries at home?
Dry Freezing (unsweetened)
Place the fruit in a single layer on a cookie sheet or baking tray (with raised edges). Place the cookie sheet into the freezer, keeping it level, and freeze until the fruit is solid. Remove from the freezer and transfer the berries into plastic freezer bags or other freezer containers. via
How do you dehydrate blueberries and raspberries?
How do you dehydrate raspberries in an air fryer?
Does freeze drying remove water?
The basic idea of freeze-drying is to completely remove water from some material, such as food, while leaving the basic structure and composition of the material intact. There are two reasons someone might want to do this with food: Removing water keeps food from spoiling for a long period of time. via
Can blueberries be dehydrated?
Dehydrated blueberries are fresh blueberries left to dry to conserve them over a longer period of time. By leaving the fruits to dry, they lose the fruit juice. Fresh blueberries are perishable. That way the blueberries are dry and can be used at a later time without getting spoiled. via
Can you dehydrate strawberries?
For an oven, cut small strawberries in half and larger ones into quarters. With a dehydrator, place the slices on dehydrator trays with about a half-inch of space between slices. Set the dehydrator’s temperature to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. After eight to 10 hours, the berries should be dry. via
How do you make raspberry dust?
What are freeze dried raspberries?
Freeze Dried raspberries are pure raspberries that are dehydrated to one seventh of their original weight with no additives or nasty stuff. They can be reconstituted as desired, with less than 20g making up one of your “five-a-day”. via
Learn how to dehydrate fruit to keep your summer harvest all year long. This method works especially well for dehydrating blueberries or any berry or fruit with an outer skin like cherries or grapes that can take DAYS to dehydrate without it. You can also use it to dehydrate raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries where you’re dehydrating the whole berry.
The one thing as sure as sun in the summer time is ripe berries, and berry juice stained fingers, mouths, and tongues. Because no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to eat berries without leaving some kind of evidence behind… and I can always tell when my kids have helped themselves to a snack or two straight from the bush.
We’re blessed on our homestead to have raspberries, blueberries, and a plethora of blackberries. Blackberries are actually listed as a noxious weed here because they grow that well. They line our roads and fences, creep and crawl over logs, and make themselves a nuisance anywhere they can. But we put up with them because they’re sweet fruit is just about as good as you can get. And a free food source is something to be taken advantage of, can I get an amen?
You guys know my love of canning. I might be addicted putting things into Mason jars. Might be. Maybe, okay, yes, totally. I love to make blueberry jam (no pectin, low sugar varieties), freeze those darlings for muffins, pies, or just an ice cold treat on a hot day. I adore that canning leaves me with shelf-stable food.
Canned berries don’t travel so good in lunch boxes or hikes, and frozen and then thawed berries aren’t friendly to just munching on. In comes dehydration. I confess, I didn’t dehydrate at all until a couple of years ago.
I tried dehydrating blueberries about 10 years ago. After three days straight, I still had half shriveled, but not dehydrated berries. I gave up for a few years, but a homesteader, we’re a determined lot and I came back around, knowing there had to be an easier way. Good thing for me (and you), I found it!
Dehydration is an excellent way to preserve your fruit, especially berries for year round use. It’s shelf stable and can be eaten as is. It’s light, meaning easy to pack and shove into pockets. And you can use it to make delicious candies, treats, cakes, and breads. My baking side just got all kinds of excited! Oh, and dehydration, when done at a low temperature, makes it a raw food, retaining almost all of the nutrients. Super cool, huh?
Resources to dehydrate fruit
If you plan on doing much dehydrating, I recommend getting an actual dehydrator. Can you use your oven with the door propped open? Yes, but you can’t control the temperature and then you can’t cook in your oven. Plus, if you have little ones, leaving your oven door open isn’t probably the safest thing.
I have a Nesco square dehydrator I purchased two years ago. It’s quiet and gets the job done. I haven’t had any problems with it and have run it close to a week straight when doing cherries and then a batch of blueberries. This is the more economical option and I highly recommend getting these screens for sticky fruit and fruit leather.
If you plan on doing a lot of dehydrating, you’ll want to consider the Excalibur dehydrators. My readers have told me it is the workhorse of dehydrators and well worth the investment. But, it is more expensive than the Nesco. However, the air blows from the back of the unit, instead of the top, making it more efficient. This is the cheapest deal I’ve found for an Excalibur dehydrator under $100.
When you’re dehydrating berries, you need to use one simple trick to cut hours and days off your dehydrating time. You need to check your berries. Do what to my berries? Checking is merely piercing the skin so that the moisture can evaporate more quickly. Berries are mostly water, after all. Checking should be used with blueberries, cranberries, and grapes, or any other similar type fruit. I pit my cherries before dehydrating, so I’m technically checking them when I pit them.
3 Ways to Check Your Berries Before Dehydrating
1. Poke each berry with a pin. Take a safety pin or sewing pin and poke a hole in each berry. If you’re doing a small amount this might not take very much time, but if you’re doing tray fulls, this is going to take forevva.
2. Boil/steam your berries. Briefly boil or steam your berries until they’ve split their skins, but not enough to actually cook them.
3. Freeze your berries. Simply toss your berries into the freezer for a few hours. It will rupture the cells and make you good to go. Middle of summer and no work on my part (okay, besides the harvesting) making this my pick! And yours right?
How to Dehydrate Blueberries
After you’ve checked your berries, spread them out on your dehydrating trays. For sticky berries or fruit, I highly recommend the silicone mats for easy clean up. You want to the berries or fruit to be evenly spaced so they dehydrate at the same rate.
With our blueberries we have several different varieties, which means different sizes of berries. I recommend putting the smaller berries on one tray and the larger ones on another. Which I didn’t the first time and had to manually separate them out as the smaller ones were done before the bigger ones, so save yourself some time here.
Turn on your dehydrator and let it do its thing. The fruit setting on mine is 135 degrees.
Even with checking, berries take quite a while to fully dehydrate. My cherries took 28 hours. My small blueberries were done at about 24 hours, where as the larger ones took 36 hours.
Check your berries or fruit after 12 hours and rotate your trays. My top tray dehydrates a tad faster than the bottom one, especially when I’ve got all four stacked at once.
If you’re not sure if your fruit is fully dehydrated, you can sample a few. If you feel liquid, then put them back in. Some of my smaller berries got hard, so I knew they were fully done. You want chewy berries, but not overly sticky or wet. Otherwise, they”ll start to mold.
Store dehydrated berries in an air tight container in a dark cool place for optimal shelf life. Use in homemade breads, muffins, granola, candy, or just plain old eating! Be warned, they’re kind of addicting.