Is your summer garden overflowing yet? Did you just score at the farmers market? This is the time of year my fruits and veggies are in abundance. To preserve the summer overflow, I turned to dehydrating a couple of years ago. One of my favorite snacks are dehydrated Blueberries.
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It’s easy to make dehydrated blueberries. A few simple steps and your blueberries will keep until your ready to use them.
Why would you want to dehydrate?
If you are new to dehydrating, you are going to love how easy it is. And if you find yourself tossing fruits and vegetables before you can eat them, a dehydrator will save you some serious dollars. For most fruits and vegetables, its as simple as cutting the item into bite sized pieces, spread on trays, and turn the dehydrator on.
Dehydrated foods shrink in size, taking up a lot less space. They require no freezer or refrigerator space. They can easily be reconstituted to add to casseroles, soups etc, or as a side dish, or smoothies. The possibilities are endless.
I think the misconception can be that dehydrating is best used with large families, or for long term food storage, but I find with just two of us dehydrating allows me to take advantage of grocery store sales. If I have dehydrated foods on hand, I don’t find myself running to the store for a simple ingredient to finish a recipe. I usually have common fruits and vegetables on hand in a dehydrated version.
I’ve been Dehydrating food for a few years now, and I find it an easy way to save money on food costs.
Today I’m going to share a 3 step recipe for dehydrating blueberries.
Making Easy Dehydrated Blueberries
Easy Dehydrated Blueberries
Making your own dehydrated blueberries will give you great flavor, and allows you to know exactly what the ingredients are.
- 1 colander fresh blueberries
- 1 Dehydrator Mine is a Nesco
Rinse your blueberries and dry them thoroughly. The more moisture you can remove before placing your blueberries in the dehydrator the quicker it will be finished.
Poke a small hole in each blueberry. You don't have to do this but it will make you blueberries dehydrate quicker. Spread your blueberries on your dehydrator trays. Keep in mind, dehydrated food shrinks. For blueberries I always use the screens on my trays so berries don't fall through the trays as they shrink.
Turn on your dehydrator to 135 degrees, and dry for approximately 24-30 hours. Mine always take a little longer due to the humidity of the Pacific Northwest.
After dehydrating your berries, seal them in an air tight container, and you have them on hand to rehydrate them at a later date. I love to add them to oatmeal in the winter. Blueberries are known for their antioxidant qualities and make great snacks.