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How To Dehydrate Cherries

Ingredients

  • Fresh pitted cherries

Instructions

  1. First, pit the cherries and make sure they are bug free.
  2. Rinse them off under cold running water (affiliate link).
  3. I used my Five Spice Cherries, so these steps were already done.
  4. I did have to drain the liquid off mine and remove the spices.
  5. You do not need to pretreat cherries with any type of fruit preservative such as Fruit Fresh (affiliate link) however there is no reason why you can’t pre-treat them if you wish.
  6. Once the cherries are clean, drained and ready to go, lay them in a single layer on the dehydrator (affiliate link) tray. Try to keep them from touching.
  7. Once the trays are all full – or you are out of cherries – put the lid on the dehydrator (affiliate link) and set the thermostat to 160 degrees F.
  8. Dry them at this temperature for two to three hours, but be sure to check on them about every half hour just in case they dry faster than you anticipate that they will.
  9. After three hours, if they are not dry, turn the thermostat down to 130 degrees F until the cherries are pliable, leathery and have no pockets of moisture.
  10. Allow them to remain in the dehydrator (affiliate link) until they are cool, then place them in an airtight container (affiliate link).
  11. I use glass canning jars (affiliate link) with plastic lids. Be sure to label them, put a date on them and store them in a cool, dark and dry place.
  12. As an alternative you can freeze dehydrated foods.
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