How to Dry Cranberries

It's the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I am sitting here with the sun streaming in and the windows open. This is rather unusual for the last days of November but I won't complain much. Children are scattered on the couches, curled up with a good book and Christmas music is playing in the background. I have three real trees up in the house and I have one partially decorated. The other two are waiting their turn but in the meantime I am enjoying them just the way they are. I am working towards creating a more slow and meaningful holiday season with my family and so I am doing several different homemade holiday ornaments. I recently shared how to dry oranges and how to use those dried oranges for a holiday garland. Yesterday I took the time to dry cranberries, which took much longer than I thought, but I really like them. 

How to dry cranberries without an oven to use in a simple style of holiday decorating.
How to dry cranberries without a dehydrator and how to dry cranberries in the oven

Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet

Step 1: Put a large pot on the stove with enough water to cover the cranberries. Bring the water to a boil. Put the washed cranberries in a bowl. Then pour the boiling water over the cranberries. Leave the bowl in a safe place, and let the cranberries sit. You will hear the skins pops, don't leave the berries in the water for more than 5 to 10 minutes, the berries will then be ready.

How to dry cranberries in an oven

Step 2: Drain the water and spread the cranberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Then put them in the freezer for two hours. The freezing process helps the berries dry faster.

Step 3: Place the drained berries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Turn on your oven to the lowest possible temperature. Put your cranberries in the oven and allow them to dry which can take 5 to 7 hours. Take the time to turn them every 30 minutes to help the drying process. There will be some that get a little darker than others and some that you will have to pull apart after they dry. 

How to dry cranberries in an oven

And that is how I found to dry cranberries without a dehydrator. These are wonderful to string on a garland or for simmering on the stove with a mixture of cloves, cinnamon sticks, dried oranges and rosemary. I will soon be showing you how to use them for a beautiful potpourri gift giving idea. 

How to dry cranberries for a simple Christmas holiday garland or decorating around the home.

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