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How can I dry cranberries without special equipment?

laredo Dec 3, 2012 07:21 AM

I have many bags of frozen cranberries in the freezer from past seasons and no longer have as much need as I used to.

So I would like to put them to good use. ln addition, I don't like to use dried cranberries as they have added sugar, at least that is the case for my local markets.

Thanks for your help.

  1. j
    Jimisi Dec 3, 2012 09:38 AM

    I like to make cranberry juice, it's so easy and very good for you. I read something recently about the health benefits of drinking at least a glass every day. They recommended unsweetened, but that's pretty tough on the taste buds. I lightly sweeten mine with a little simple syrup or sugar after straining. Add about 6 cups of water to a bag of berries, bring to a low boil, simmer about 10 minutes or until berries pop. Strain and don't press on the berries too much.

    1. k
      kengk Dec 3, 2012 08:59 AM

      My grandmother used to dry apple slices, green beans etc. by placing them in a single layer on cookie sheets and putting the sheet pans in her '51 Plymouth, parked in the sun with the windows cracked.

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      1. re: kengk
        foodieX2 Dec 3, 2012 09:02 AM

        love that!

        1. re: kengk
          chowser Dec 3, 2012 09:04 AM

          Resourceful! I wonder if the OP can him/herself a '51 Plymouth.:-)

        2. weezieduzzit Dec 3, 2012 07:30 AM

          Cranberries.org says you can do them in the oven. I would follow their directions minus adding any kind of sugar.

          Please report back if you do, I don't buy them because of the added sugar, too.


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          1. re: weezieduzzit
            laredo Dec 3, 2012 08:50 AM

            Thanks for the link, weezie. I called this association, thinking they might have a consumer person who could give more information, but they don't.

            When I have time, I will do the same with MI or WI growers.

            BTW, I tried to dry some by just putting them in the oven on a cookie sheet. It was not successful!! :<) Big mess.

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