I just dried some Springhigh blueberries and am amazed at how good they are. Raw they’re good, dry much sweeter and more flavorful. This first batch I cut in half and dried about 12 hrs at 120F. Next I’m going to try drying them whole. If that doesn’t work then I’ll buy a food processor with a slicing blade.
I’m really impressed. Don’t know as I’ve had any other fruit improve in eating quality this much via drying.
Has anyone else tried this? Any tips? How thick of a slicing blade?
I’m very pleased with the finished product. Some of the best dried fruit I’ve made. Lots of work, yes…!! A slicing blade in a food processor would make it easier but would have cost $125 to buy and then not sure if I was getting the right one.
The cut up ones are Sweetcrisp and 20-24 brix fresh. If I calculate right that’s 80+ brix dried…lol
A bit off-topic, but I’ve taken to freezing my blueberries whole in small ziploc bags. My kids love to eat them straight out of the freezer, thawed or not. They keep well for several months. Going to try to dry some this year too, though there is no chance I’m cutting each one in half. Fruit leather sounds fantastic!
I have a food processor with a slicing blade, but it (and most processors) are very high speed. Seems like it would puree blueberries in half a second. It would take quite a contraption to slice through each berry only (about) once. Love a challenge though- I will mess around with mine once my berries start coming in. If I can get it to work I’ll post about it. Thanks for the idea!
If you are careful, a sharp mandolin should be able to save time cutting them in half. I don’t think its possible to use a home food processor to get perfect halves. that disc is meant for carrots etc, really hard veg. even if you pulsed the machine once, you would get uneven cuts.
Freeze dry technology is becoming closer and closer to a reality for the home, from what I’ve read maybe 5-10 years for a reasonably priced appliance with a service contract to refill the necessary gasses.
Ah, OK, the disc. I see what you mean. Might work for bigger berries, but it would need to be super sharp. I’ve only used mine for chopping veggies when I use a lot for salsa making. I will give it a shot for sure. Thanks!