Drying Blueberries

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Picking each little berry takes time. Thankfully, it was early morning, the birds were singing and the weather was delightful.

IMG_0555I would find clusters of berries and gently rustle them so that the ripe berries would fall into my bucket.

I have always wanted to dry blueberries but I read that I would have had to put a pinhole in EACH berry. There is NO way I was ever going to do that. I went online to look for cheats. I found a site that said to avoid the tough papery result of drying without pricking was to freeze the berries first, then put the frozen berries on the dryer. The freezing thawing breaks the berry peel which will allow them to be tender when dried.

Here are my frozen berries. I had about 4 trays filled with frozen little berries.

IMG_0869It took over 6 hours for my non commercial fruit dryer, they didn’t drip much and came out really well.

My gallon size bucket of berries dried and in this bowl, about a quart.

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We will use the blueberries in our trail mix. I paid $15 for my bucket of berries. We ate some and dried the rest. I would say this batch cost about $10. Kinda of expensive for a quart of dried berries. The upside is knowing they were dried raw and the only thing added was a small bit of coconut oil to keep them from sticking to each other. Would I do it again? It was REALLY simple, so I say, yes I would probably do it this way again.


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control … Galatians 5:22

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1 Comment

  1. a whole lotta berry pickin’ ‘n dryin’ for a quart of berries!! But the flavor and nutrients are all still there!!!!

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