As the winter weather has arrived in Kentucky, I have had a little more time to try some new things in the kitchen. One of my Christmas presents this year was a new dehydrator, a COSORI Dehydrator. I was thinking I would have to wait until summer or harvest to try using my new dehydrator. However, back in November I found bags of fresh cranberries for less than a dollar. Cranberries are super easy to freeze, you just through the bag and all in the freezer. I made a batch of Christmas jam and had several bags of frozen cranberries leftover.
Prior to making the craisins, I dehydrated some oranges in the oven. The process of dehydration in the oven meant I could not use my oven for several hours and they stuck to the parchment paper and ruined one of my good cookie sheets. I was hopeful with a dehydrator I could avoid the mess in the oven and simplify my process. Here are the easy steps to homemade low sugar craisins.
List of ingredients: 3, 12 ounce bags of cranberries (frozen or fresh)
3 Tablespoons of coconut sugar
You can use fewer bags and of course that means one tablespoon of coconut sugar per bag of cranberries.
- Step One: put frozen or fresh cranberries in pot, pour enough water to float berries
- Step Two: bring cranberries to low boil, stir until you hear popping of the cranberries
- Step Three: remove from heat and drain the water
- Step Four: place cranberries on paper towels to remove a little moisture
- Step Five: put cranberries in bowl and sprinkle in coconut sugar
- Step Six: gently stir cranberries to coat with sugar, trying not to mush the cranberries
- Step Seven: pull out trays of the dehydrator and put cranberries on racks
- Step Eight: put racks back into dehydrator and turn it to 130 degrees Fahrenheit
- Step Nine: set timer for nine to ten hours, I checked on berries and moved them around on trays at hour five and then noticed them ready at hour nine
- Step Ten: leave them sitting in the dehydrator (turned off) for another hour and let them cool
- Step Eleven: place cranberries in mason jar with airtight lid for storage
I have enjoyed these homemade dried cranberries in my granola, oatmeal, and in my plain greek yogurt.
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