Dehydrating — 01 July 2013

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

Dehydrating blueberries is super simple! I really think it’s the easiest fruit to dehydrate.

 

How To Dehydrate Blueberries Step by Step:

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

Start with fresh sweet blueberries. You might make a note next time you purchase a package of blueberries as to where they came from. Blueberries from northern states tend to be sweeter than those from southern states, in my experience. So next time you get some super sweet blueberries make a note as to where they came from so you can know what to look for when you ‘re looking for blueberries to dehydrate. We’re not adding any sugar in the dehydration process so you want to start out with the sweetest blueberries you can find.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

Wash your blueberries.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

That’s a lot of blueberries! I have a nine tray Excalibur Dehydrator, and this is about 14 dry pints of blueberries. I filled up 7 of the trays. Two pints to each tray.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

Simply place the blueberries on the tray.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

And place in your dehydrator. There are some directions for dehydrating blueberries that will tell you to take a knife and puncture each blueberry. You can do that if you want. I decided it wasn’t worth the time it would take so I leave mine with no punctures.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

The down side to not puncturing your berries is that they will take longer to dehydrate. These took about 35 hours.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

This is what the blueberries look like when they are dehydrated.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

I like to store my dried fruit in canning jars. I vacuum packed these blueberries with a FoodSaver using the FoodSaver attachment for wide mouth jars.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

Here I’m using a smaller jar and sealing with a regular mouth attachment to vacuum pack the blueberries.

How to Dehydrate Blueberries~AreWeCrazyOrWhat.net

I love the FoodSaver attachment because it will fit on the little 4oz jars as well. Here are just enough blueberries for some muffins or perhaps a snack for my boys.

I put the blueberries in the freezer for two weeks to pasteurize them, then store them in a cool dry place. See, super easy! Buy them. Wash them. Dehydrate them. Eat them. That’s it!

Jennifer

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  1. Yum! Blueberries are my favorite! I’m buying a dehydrator this week, so thanks for the post. I’ll try this. Once the berries are vacuum-packed in the jar, how long are they good for?

    • Well, the official answer that is commonly excepted by most food storage experts is about one year so I’m going to officially go with that answer….:) However, if I had vacuum-packed dehydrated (over 90% of the moisture gone, so not just dried) blueberries stored in a cool dry place I would still eat them after say a year and a day…..:) So the “real” answer here is use good food storage rules (keep things away from air, moisture and light) and then make sure there is no mold, foul smell, bugs or other red flag that they have gone bad. Then of course use your best judgement when consuming any food.

  2. LOL I’m knee deep in blueberries right now, too. But curious, you put them in the freezer after you’ve dehydrated them? And there’s no issue with moisture?

    • I’ve never had issues with blueberries. My blueberries are truly dehydrated rather than dried like you’d find in a package bought from the store. In other words, they have at least 90% of the moisture removed. Once, I had an issue with my dehydrated watermelon. It was my mistake because the watermelon wasn’t done, but the watermelon was still edible since I had stored it in the freeze right out of the dehydrator. It was just all stuck together from the moisture still left in it. I guess better that it was stuck together rather than having mold growing on it. Putting it in the freezer did double duty in this case, pasteurizing it and also letting me know it wasn’t done without totally ruining all my hard work.

  3. I am looking for a conversion from fresh to dried. I can get a good deal on flats and i will by and dry enough for all year but I am not sure how much dried yield there is from one pint.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Letting everyone know conversion amounts is something I’m going to work on! The problem is that I seldom use measuring spoons or cups, except when it comes to hot peppers…..:) Anyway, I’m not sure of the exact conversion. But if I were going to guess, you would probably get 1/4 cup dehydrated blueberries per fresh dry pint. The way to figure it out exactly would be to weigh the blueberries before and after dehydrating. Then you would know the exact conversion. BTW a dry pint (you know the saying “a pint’s pound the world around”) is not a pound it’s a little over 11oz. I promise to do better next time!

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