Cherries are in season again! So I thought you might enjoy this blast from the past!
Drying cherries is really easy. I found a few tips to make it easier and healthier! I noticed that when I buy organic dried fruits from vitacost that the fruits usually have a little bit of sunflower oil on them, so I decided to try them with coconut oil since it has so many health benefits. We really liked it. I did some with the oil and some with out the oil and we preferred them with the oil. Both ways are good though.
You will need:
This pitter was good too. I borrowed it from Cathy’s dad. It is also available on amazon.
After pitting the cherries you can coat them in coconut oil. I melted about 1 tablespoon. You can get free shipping when you spend $25 or more on Vitacost.com brand products. You can see the Vitacost oil I buy here. If you have never bought anything from vitacost you should start by getting a free $1o credit!
You can see that I halved some of these cherries. I wanted to try some of them split open and some of them whole to see which one we liked better. We liked the while cherries better, which is nice because it takes out the step of splitting the cherries open before drying. Another nice thing about using the oil is it keeps the cherries from sticking to the tray.
After you have slightly coated the cherries with coconut oil, or even if you decide to go with out the oil carefully lay the cherries on the drying tray. Dry cherries at 135º for 18-26 hours. This is the dehydrator that I use. I love it because it has a temperature gauge and you can add racks to it. Here is a fab deal on a dehydrator. This one is a lot like the one that I use.
Tip: Find out how to make your cherries or other fruit into fruit leather.
Recap of tips I learned from making dried cherries
- Having a good cherry pitter saves lots of time.
- Coating with coconut oil makes them extra healthy and extra yummy.
- Keeping the cherries whole saves time and tastes better.
- Coating with coconut oil keeps them from sticking to the tray.