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. 

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. 

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. 

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 back-up, otherwise, you’ll have to wait a while for these delicious fruity morsels. 

Oven-Drying Cranberries

Oven-Drying Cranberries
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  • 12 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup


  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.
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I’ll try to have a recipes 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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  • Reply
    Stacie Branson
    December 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

    My son likes to eat these like candy. This is a great idea for when you have cranberries and don’t know what to do with them like me. I usually just head to the dollar tree a pick up a pack to add to my salads.

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    Crystal Nicole
    December 29, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Great tip! My mom loves cranberries in her salad so I am sure she would enjoy this!

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    Sapphire Kharyzma
    December 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I love dried cranberries. I always choose them over raisins. It’s the only way I can eat cranberries, other than in jelly form of course.

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    EG III
    December 30, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I never thought of making homemade craisins, but yours turned out looking great. I’ll definitely keep this recipe in mind for future use!!

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    January 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I love cranberries, but I’ve never tried to cook them. I am adding that to my to-do list for 2018. I keep seeing amazing recipes include them. I love how you made your very own crasins!! They look delish!

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    January 1, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    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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    Danasia Fantastic
    January 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    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!

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    Tiffany H.
    January 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

    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.

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    January 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm

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

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    January 4, 2018 at 10:20 am

    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.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 4, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      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.

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