How To Dehydrate Gooseberries

Purple gooseberries on a food dehydrator tray.


  • Ripe Gooseberries


  1. First, rinse the gooseberries off under cold running water (affiliate link).
  2. Remove the stems and “tails.”
  3. You do not need to pretreat gooseberries with any type of fruit preservative such as Fruit Fresh (affiliate link).
  4. Once the gooseberries 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.
  5. Once the trays are all full – or you are out of gooseberries – put the lid on the dehydrator (affiliate link) and set the thermostat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. 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.
  7. After three hours, if they are not dry, turn the thermostat down to 130 degrees Fahrenheit until the gooseberries are pliable, leathery and have no pockets of moisture.
  8. This can take up to ten hours.
  9. Allow them to remain in the dehydrator (affiliate link) until they are cool, then place them in an airtight container (affiliate link). I use glass canning jars (affiliate link) with plastic lids.
  10. Be sure to label them, put a date on them and store them in a cool, dark and dry place. As an alternative you can freeze dehydrated foods.
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