It’s that season of the year when leaves are changing colors, temperatures are getting cooler, and the air is crisper. Fall is one of my favored seasons because it means I can start dehydrating more fruits and vegetables for the winter months. For example, dehydrated raspberries have a sweet taste with just a hint of tartness from the raspberry seeds. Therefore, they make an excellent snack on top of ice cream or yogurt in the winter. Still, you can also dehydrate them to use in baking recipes during this holiday season!
Raspberries can also be expensive, so dehydrating them now ensures you can have a supply of these delicious foods on hand for your favorite recipe.
What You Will Need
- A dehydrator
- Dehydrating jars or dehydrated fruit bags for storage
How to Dehydrate Raspberries
- The first step to dehydrating raspberries is to pick good-quality raspberries and discard any moldy ones you find.
- Next, you need to rinse them in a colander with cold water to remove any pesticides or other chemicals.
- It would help to dry the berries thoroughly since it’s crucial to dehydrate them as quickly as possible so that they don’t spoil. For this, you can use the colander and gently shake the berries for the water to evaporate (don’t worry about not being able to dry them thoroughly but try to remove much of the water)
- Then place the raspberries on dehydrator trays; make sure they are spaced out and not touching.
- Finally, dehydrate them at 135 degrees Fahrenheit until crisp or for about 12 hours.
- Enjoy once cooled!
Tip: Drying times can vary depending on dehydrator settings, fruit size, or other factors, so be sure to monitor the drying process and check for doneness after about 12 hours.
How to Tell If Raspberries Have Dehydrated
Your dehydrated raspberry should be light and crispy when you bite into it. You can tell that the raspberries are thoroughly dried out if they have lost all moisture or feel completely hard to touch.
How to Store Raspberries:
First, you should make sure the berries are completely cool. This is because moisture can form in the container, which can decrease the shelf life of the fruit.
Next, you will need to condition the raspberries; to do this, you must place the dried berries loosely in a clean jar. Keep the fruit for 7 to 10 days in there, at least once a day, shaking your jar and checking on condensation levels; if there is, you will need to dehydrate the berries a bit more.
It would help if you stored the berries in an airtight container. You can also use a jar that features an airtight seal if you like.
Where to Buy Dehydrated Raspberries
If you feel dehydrating raspberries at home isn’t for you, dehydrated fruit is available at many stores. You may find dry berries or raspberry powders at your local grocery store, natural food market, or specialty health foods store specializing in dehydrated fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for a particular brand, there is an extensive selection online that includes; Auguson Farms, Natierra, and Trader Joe’s. You can find most of these products on Amazon.
Dehydrated Raspberries Recipe Ideas
You can add these fruits to different recipes; below are some ideas:
- Add them into pancake or waffle batters (make sure to chop them first) and let them sit for a few of minutes before cooking.
- Add to other drinks to flavor.
- Snack on them or include them in your breakfast cereal.
- Add them to a fruit tart crust, pie crust, and other dessert recipes that call for dehydrated fruits.
- Include with granola or make into dry raspberry chip cookies!
- Use to make dressings.
- Make this fruit into a powder for different uses.
The process of dehydration can be a tedious one, but it pays off in the final product. So, if you want to use your dehydrator for dehydrating raspberries, follow these steps and enjoy this healthy treat! We hope this recipe guide has been helpful, and we’d love to hear from you about what other recipes or foods you would like us to cover here on our blog. So, leave us a comment below with your request or email me. Happy dehydrating!