Buying dried blueberries is often expensive. I found this out the hard way. I went to the bulk food store to buy some and paid over $5 for less than a hundred grams. Not in my budget or that of many individuals.
The other day, my friend went out and picked some blueberries. She gave me some. Yes, I ate some of the fresh blueberries but decided to try to dry some to use in baking and fudge. It went well I must say – and it’s really not that difficult.
So how did I do it?
How to Dry Blueberries
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celcius
- Spread a piece of aluminum foil on your baking sheet
- Spread the blueberries on the aluminum foil
- Place in the oven for about 2 hours or so
- Check on the blueberries periodically as the small ones may turn crispy if heated for too long
If you want to sweeten the blueberries before drying them, no problem. Put the blueberries in a bowl with a little honey. Gently mix the honey with the berries before spreading them on the baking sheet.
Of course, you can dry other berries in this same way. Larger berries take a longer time in the over.
Tip on Drying Strawberries
If you want to save time with drying strawberries, cut them up into even sized pieces.
Storing Dried Blueberries, Strawberries, and Other Fruit
After letting the berries cool off, place them in an air tight zipper seal bag or air tight container. They will usually be stay good for at least a month.
You can freeze these to make they stay in good shape for several months.
Home Business Ideas
As I have already mentioned, dried blueberries are expensive. Actually, other types of dried fruit are as well.
If you are so inclined, you can offer to dry fruit for other people for a certain fee. Or… you can buy the fruit, dry it, and sell it at craft fairs and farmer’s markets.