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Monday, June 23, 2014

Dehydrating Blackberries

     We have had an overabundance crop of wild blackberries this year.  We have foraged at least a half gallon every day.   We have been freezing a lot of them so I can make jams, jellies, syrups, muffins, pies and cobblers this winter but we are also dehydrating some.

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     To prepare your berries for dehydrating (or freezing), fill your dish sink about 1/2 full of cold water.  Add in 3 T. of vinegar and let them set for 15-20 minutes.  Drain the berries and lay them out on your dehydrator trays.
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   Turn on your dehydrator and let them dry for 12-14 hours (until they are hard with no moisture remaining).  I usually just turn my dehydrator on before I go to bed and they are ready the next morning.  Blackberries generally turn back to red when they dry but they still taste like a ripe blackberry.

    Now you can eat the dried fruit or you can store them for future use and rehydrate them.  Dried blackberries can be stored for many years.

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     To rehydrate the blackberries, just place them in really hot water for about 15 minutes and then you can use them as you would any fresh berry. 


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8 comments:

  1. To have an overabundance of blackberries, what a blessing! If you have a moment, join our homemaking link up today :)

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  2. I have never used them dehydrated we usually just can them..I may just have to try this...I have 2 dehydrators that we use when we make jerky or dehydrate veggies...We also have and abundance of blackberries in this area...Been a good year for them I guess!

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    1. The best thing about dehydrating them is they reconstitute into regular blackberries again.

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  3. This looks like a great way to preserve the harvest! I just started a new series called Eating Inside the Box it would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please linkup any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you'd like!
    http://www.cultivatenourishing.com/raspberries-black-raspberries-blackberries/
    Enjoy the Harvest!
    Lindsey

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    1. Lindsey, thank you for the invite and I linked them up. :-)

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  4. Hello there! This post has been featured on The Art of Home-Making Mondays for our "Preserving the Harvest ~ Link Up Love". You will find it here:

    http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/2014/07/preserving-harvest-link-up-love.html

    Thank you so much for sharing and we hope you join us again next week :)

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    1. JES, that is wonderful and such an honor. Thank you so very much!!!

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