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#1 preparedforsurvival

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 07:17 PM

I have a bag in my freezer that I would love to dehydrate. How do I do this? It is blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. I am never going to use them frozen like this and I want to dehydrate them for long term storage.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:14 PM

You should be able to just put them on the trays frozen and dehydrate them.

It helps if they're pretty much uniform in size, but you can just let some dry longer.

They should be hard and dry.

You could also crush them up and make them into a "fruit leather".

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:23 PM

What a great idea! I want to do this too!
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:30 AM

Oh goody!!! You know what i will be doing today. I have a plan on dehydrating something every day. Lets hope that I stick to it.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:37 AM

The biggest thing (in my opinion) is thinking ahead to how you want to use them. If you will be re-hydrating them to use in cooked things, no problem. If you want to use them as a healthy snack, eaten dehydrated, no problem. But if you think you'll rehydrate them and use kind of like fresh, don't do it.

I once spent a lot of time and trouble to dehydrate white button mushrooms. I figured they'd be great in casseroles and soups. But when I used them, they had a dusty, musty smell and taste that ruined any food I put them into. I'm still not sure if I had done something "wrong" (they weren't spoiled or moldy), but I just won't do that again. :(

So be sure you actually *use* these things you dehydrate and see what's good for you before you do lots of something you don't like and won't use.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:50 AM

yeah that is true. I am thinking ahead. We love oatmeal, but have to always add something to it. So that is why I am dehydrating them and I am going to do strawberries, bananas, and peaches also. Oatmeal is so low cost and great for storing that I want to have stuff to add to it to make it different. Not boring!!

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:01 AM

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Do the frozen blueberries need to be poked so they don't explode, like you would fresh?

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:35 PM

i just finished mine and I did not pop them. They have turned out great. I had almost a full bag of frozen blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries mix.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:37 PM

Thanks for the update, Prepared!

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:33 PM

Sorry, I didn't get back because my DD's internet was iffy today.

I *think* that when blueberries are frozen, the skins kind of pop on their own very slightly from the stresses.

Fresh ones are supposed to be pricked once, I think. (Gotta go get more info... :whistling: )

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