Dehydrated Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries

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Dehydration failure, how sad. I thought it might be worth my time to dehydrate blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, but I was wrong. 2 small cartons of blueberries spread out on the trays. Then each blueberry was slightly slit with the knife to improve the drying time.

How To Dehydrate Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

A small carton each of raspberries and blackberries. Nothing much I could do to improve their drying time, so they went into the machine as they were. I figured it was worth trying at least once.

Now I know. It was a waste of great produce. How sad. None of these berries were edible once they were dehydrated. Most of them were still wet in the center or on a side after almost 30 hours in the dehydrator. At that point, I tried eating one, gagged and dumped everything into the garbage. I can’t even describe the taste, it was almost like it was charred. Is that even possible with a dehydrator?

For whatever reason, my berries did not dehydrate properly at all. I am going to do some more research though and see if there are tricks to making it work. The thought of having berries at my fingertips year round tempts me to try again someday.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Not sure what went wrong for you. Do you have a home type dehydrator or a professional 1200 watt? I use the latter and do not have any issues. The finished product should be very airy and light, retaining most of its size/shape. Looks like you put all of the berries together on one tray. I always segregate fruit types of similar drying times so I can more accurately monitor results. The little berries do require turning at times as well. Hope thus helps!

    • Ann Lupton says

      My blackberries did the same ended up like a currant, the first lot i must of not dried long enough although they did feel dry all went mouldy two lots down and a lot of electric. Must be machine i think, can you reccomend a machine please.

  2. Lusi says

    Have you checked the temperature setting on your machine? The recommend3d temperature for mine was between 50 to 60 C. And my blueberries turned out pretty good after about 0 hours.