Its fall! I love it for a few reasons, one the weathers cooling down, two my favorite seasonal fruits and veggies are lining the shelves and three CRANBERRIES are making their appearance!
Plus I love the fact that they are from Jersey so I know they are a local buy! That makes me double happy.
Cranberries are a rich source of antioxidants and also a high fiber source. Its a win-win with these beauties!
I love cranberry everything. Cranberry Kombucha, Cranberry Scones, Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Sauce so I figured this year I would try and dry my own cranberries. I also make an awesome Cranberry & Orange Shortbread cookie (Shhh!)
Here’s what I did:
Cranberries were on sale at the farmers market the other day 3 bags for $5. That’s about as cheap as I am going to get them around these parts.
I brought a pot of water to a rapid boil.
Dumped in the bag of cranberries.
Waited a minute or two. Its funny because you can hear the skins popping! Its similar to corn popping ~ but better because it’s cranberries.
Scooped them out of the water after a minute or two, dried them on a sheet lined with paper towels.
Popped them in the dehydrater. Now we wait! Easy Peazy Right?!
From what I’ve read it could take up to a day to dry completely, and it you do not follow the water step it will take even longer. So don’t skip the boil step.
I can’t wait to to see if they come out as amazing as I am hoping they do! I hope they do they will make a great addition to my overnight oats, trail mixes, and cereal toppers. Really the list is endless! Apple slices are next on my list….now to find a mandoline?
What other kinds of fruits or veggies do you like to dry and keep for a rainy day?
Do you use a mandoline? Any types you suggest?