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annieblack
« on: June 16, 2004 02:36:57 PM »

my boyfriend and i picked about a pound of cherries yesterday and decided to dry them out. only we don't have a dehydrator or anything more than an old oven. he's under the impression that we just stick them in there for a few hours at a low temp and they'll be fine. but i'm worried that doing that will just kinda bake the cherries to our pans in their own juices.
does anyone know anything about this?
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2004 10:36:37 AM »

I would wash and pit them and then put them on a rack over a pan.  I used to dry other fruit this way.  Keep it at a real low temp, no more than 170 degrees and let them dry over night.  Sometimes if they are really juicey it will take even longer. Good luck
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2004 01:24:17 PM »

This is a great idea, to dry the fruit in the oven. Is the fruit still slightly chewy in the center though?  Huh My pet chinchilla Charlie loves to have dried cherries as a treat, so this would be a great thing.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2004 02:44:13 PM »

I think the chewyness depends on the amount of sugar/sweetness the fruit has.  The sweeter the more chewy it will be.  But you could take one out every few hours and let it cool and see what kind of texture it has.  My poor departed pet ratties used to love dried fruit too!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2004 02:14:18 PM »

Ooh yeah, the sweetness/sugar is a good point. Thanks for the info. Will let you know if we try this... annieblack--Did you try drying the cherries yet? If so, how did it go??
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2004 02:15:24 PM »

Ooh yeah, the sweetness/sugar is a good point. Thanks for the info. Will let you know if we try this... annieblack--Did you try drying the cherries yet? If so, how did it go??
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2004 02:23:43 PM »

well, we decided to leave the cherries in the oven, but weren't around for a few days to check on them. it turns out the next day my boyfriends mom forgot they were in there and turned the oven up to 425 for a pizza. now they kinda look like petrified blueberries--just charcoal now.  Sad
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2004 07:38:08 PM »

aawwww annieblack, that is sad and funny at the same time  Sad Smiley  It sounds like something my parents would do! Hope you have better luck next time with them. It sucks that you couldn't use the cherries though since they are now charcoal.  Cry
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2004 02:35:51 PM »

aww Sad I was hoping for some good results. I'm such a squirrel, i love dried fruit. *sigh* milwjamie, that is a might cute chinchilla.
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