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Oven-Dried Cranberries

Oven-Dried Cranberries

Right after Thanksgiving, I was left with half of a turkey carcass and a desire for turkey salad. Except I wanted pecans and cranberries in mine, and only had pecans. I’m sure you could imagine my dismay at the fact that I didn’t have a bag of dried cranberries in the house, and while I made the turkey salad, I felt the cranberrylessness of it and decided then and there to make my own dried cranberries even though I didn’t have a dehydrator.  I was going to one-up the dehydrator and make oven-dried cranberries – therefore proving I didn’t need another appliance to take up counter real estate. 

Oven-Dried Cranberries

I started with fresh cranberries from Ellis Farms that I picked up on the last Farmer’s Market day of the year >SOB< and immediately came home, washed, separated, and prepped the cranberries for drying. For this, I used my lowest heat setting possible on my oven – 170 degrees, but if your oven can go as low as 150 degrees I suggest using that temperature since it allows for even drying for the amount of time you will need. 

Ove-Drying Cranberries

Overall, the process is pretty simple. Fresh cranberries, simple syrup, and oven-drying. That’s all. I’ll link to another post on how to make simple syrup later this week. It’s honestly simple – and truly worthy of the name. 

Oven Drying Cranberries
Oven-drying Cranberries
Oven-Dried Cranberries

If you do this right, and you’re patient enough, you’ll have enough “craisins” for all of the salads, and side dishes you want. While you’re consuming those though, just make sure to make another batch for backup, otherwise, you’ll have to wait a while for these delicious fruity morsels. 

Oven-Dried Cranberries
Oven-Dried Cranberries

Oven-Dried Cranberries

Oven Dried Cranberries

Oven-Drying Cranberries

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the cranberries and place them in a bowl
  2. Pour boiling water over them and wait 10-15 minutes until the majority of them pop
  3. Drain in colander
  4. Invert cranberries into a paper towel lined bowl so that extra water can be removed
  5. Combine drained cranberries with the simple syrup
  6. Line cookie sheet with a cooling rack and cover with two layers of paper towel topped by parchment paper
  7. Arrange cranberries on top of parchment paper - leave plenty of room for air to circulate properly - and pop stubborn berries with the tip of a pairing knife.
  8. Set oven for lowest setting (mine goes down to 170 degrees) and dry for 6 hours or overnight. The lower the temp on your oven goes, the longer you'll have to dry. Mine took a bit over 7 hours at 170 degrees
  9. Remove from oven, let cool down for 30-40 minutes
  10. Check for dryness and eat the ones that aren't completely dried out (or that's what I've heard)
  11. Store in mason jar or airtight container
  12. If there is any condensation, you haven't properly dried your cranberries and you should pop them back into the oven for another hour or two - or until they are properly dried.

I’ll try to have a recipe using the “craisins” up and ready to try over the next couple of weeks, but no promises, because we know how that goes. I think we’ve all come to terms with the fact that I really just like trying things out to see if I can make them. Oven-dried cranberries are one of those things. Until next time folks! 

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Eva

Thursday 4th of January 2018

Awwww shoot! I am a cranberry fan, and dried cranberries? Yes. Will there be a muffin recipe to go with this soon? Asking for a friend... a friend that is me.

Natasha Nicholes

Thursday 4th of January 2018

Your friend in in good company. My youngest daughter is asking if we can make a recipe withe the cranberries soon. We'll have to definitely get one up soon.

Kasi

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

What a good idea! My bro-in-law loves cranberry sauce, he'd love this!

Tiffany H.

Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Don't you just love left over food! I had my mom freeze me left overs from Thanksgiving. People say i don't eat left overs and I say pass them to me. I always see dried cranberries in the store but never thought to make them myself. They look simple enough to make.

Danasia Fantastic

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

Just by your pictures alone, I can already tell they tasted amazing. I loved how determined you were to finish out your quest and thanks for sharing the recipe!

Elle (CleverlyChanging)

Monday 1st of January 2018

I'm sure they turned out delicious. Growing up in the south, my mom would make homemade cranberry sauce from fresh cooked cranberries, I was so impatient that I would try to eat the bitter cranberries before they were sweetened and the experience turned me off from craisins, cranberry sauce and other cranberry products.

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