How to dehydrate whole cherries in a food dehydrator. This very easy and uncomplicated way to preserve fresh cherries will have you enjoying dried cherries for a snack or to use in other recipes all year long. Dried cherries can be reconstituted and used to make your favorite fresh cherry recipes like cakes and pies.
Place the lemon juice into a bowl and as you are pitting the cherries put them in the bowl and toss them to cover them with the lemon juice.
Once all of the cherries are pitted begin loading the first tray of your dehydrator. Fill the tray with pitted cherries leaving a gap between each cherry so they are not touching. Continue filling each tray and stacking it on top of the previous dehydrator tray.
Once all the trays are filled with cherries place the lid on top of the dehydrator.
Turn the deydrator on and dry the cherries for 16 to 18 hours or until the cherries are dry but still slightly tacky to the touch.
Store in an airtight container.
How to rehydrate dried cherries: You can quickly reconstitute dried cherries by placing one cup of dried cherries and ½ a cup of water into a saucepan. Bring the cherries and water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the cherries for about 10 minutes or until the cherries are soft and plump. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the cherries to cool. Once cool strain the reconstituted cherries through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the excess liquid.
How to use: Use the reconstituted dried cherries in pies, cakes and any other dessert calling for fresh cherries.
Save the cherry liquid and use it to flavor iced tea.