Dried Cherries

Now the second test for the food dehydrator:

Sweet cherries getting washed and prepared for drying in an earthenware bowl made by my sister.

Test 2:  Can it dry cherries?

Answer: Yes! Very easily!

Our new Oxo cherry pitter was really great! Worked really well.

I washed, pitted (used an Oxo cherry piter- worked great!), cut in half and stuck in the food dehydrator.  First at 145F for like an hour, and then let it go at 135F for about 6 hours.

Fresh cherries laid out on one of the dehydrator's drying trays, ready for the test.

They turned out beautifully!  They were delicious!  Theresa and I ate most of them…… so we will have to make some more in the near future.

Dried cherries in another pretty earthenware vessel from my sister.

We also pitted and froze down the rest of the cherries we had gotten from the farmers market.

I am developing the belief that cherries are very photogenic.

Theresa pitting cherries with our cherry pitter.

One entertaining part of cherry pitting is all the cherry splatter involved.

I also tried to dry some whole blueberries. They were frozen, and it seems like it is taking a long time- we’re approaching 10 hours. I’ll let you know how that goes.

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3 Responses to Dried Cherries

  1. Tes says:

    Ummm it’s good to make it at home. I want that cherry pitter!

    • Chicken salad with dried cherries sounds really great, and I think we can find most of the ingredients right here. One for the win! And your photographs are lovely! We’ll (hopefully) get the that level of photography skill someday.

      P.s. the cherry pitter worked really well for small plums, too!

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