Advice 1: How to dry blueberries

Blueberries are considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, beneficial for eyesight, lower cholesterol, prevent urinary tract infections. Dried blueberries are added to pies and compotes, porridge and snack bars dry mixture. Get this tasty and healthy treat you can and at home.
How to dry blueberries
You will need
    • blueberries;
    • pectin/lemon juice/ boiling water and ice water;
    • electric oven/oven/ screens for drying .
Put blueberries in a strainer or colander and rinse under running water. Remove leaves and twigs.
Sort blueberries, discarding moldy (covered with white bloom), presrele and wrinkled berries.
There are several ways to prepare blueberries for drying. They are all effective to berries not lost color. Most glossy look to the berries treated with pectin. To get them, dissolve the pectin in warm water, in accordance with the recipe, drench them berries and gently stir them with a spoon, so they were covered evenly. Place the berries in a sieve or colander to drain the excess fluid.
Also process the berries with lemon juice. To get from the lemon as much liquid as possible, hold it 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Sprinkle lemon juice over berries and mix well them.
Another method, allowing the grapes to remain bright after drying – blanching. Prepare a large pot of boiling water and a bowl of cold water with ice. Dip the berries for 2-3 minutes in boiling water and immediately place them in a bowl of ice. Put the berries in a sieve or colander to water glass.
If you have a special device for drying electric oven, arrange blueberries in a single layer in special trays. Legitimate berries, follow the instructions for 6 – 10 hours, depending on how dry you want them to see. The finished berries will shrivel and decrease in size. Turn off the dryer and allow blueberries to cool. It will take 2-3 hours.
If you are going to dry berries in the oven, pre-heat it to 60-70 ° C. Prepare a baking tray with baking paper and put in it the blueberries in a single layer. Put the pan in the oven, keep the door ajar a few inches for air circulation. Depending on the size of the berries, dry blueberries between 4 and 12 hours. Ready berries are dry but pliable.
If you live in a dry hot climate, try to dry the blueberries in the fresh air. To dry the berries and fruit on the street use special screens, consisting of gauze, stretched on a wooden frame. The berries will prevent between frames and dried in the sun, at night removing in a warm dry place. This method takes a few days.
Store dried blueberries in sealed containers or zip-bags in a cool dry place.
Useful advice
To soften dried fruit, place 1 Cup blueberries in a bowl or glass jar, pour ½ Cup of cold boiled water, stir, cover and remove overnight in the refrigerator.

Advice 2: How to dry berries

Drying berries is a great way to preserve favorite fruits in the winter and a great alternative to freezing or canning. Dried berries do not have any chemical preservatives, which keeps them healthy, delicious and natural for months. Scoop out a handful of dried berries, mix with your favorite yogurt, granola, muesli or sprinkle on a fruit salad. To enjoy these delicacies, berries must be properly dried.
How to dry berries
For drying ideal blueberry, black currant, raspberry, BlackBerry, strawberry and wild cherry. Sort berries and rinse them thoroughly in cold water. Collect only ripe, not too soft berries. Do not use fruits with spots, damage.
To preserve the color of the berries, treat it in a special way before drying. There are several ways to do this:
1) 2 tablespoons of ascorbic acid dissolve in 1 liter of water, soak in a solution of the berries for 10-15 minutes.
2) Cook honey syrup 3 cups water and 1 Cup sugar. Heat and add 1 Cup of honey. Mix well.
3) Treat the berries with juice from a mixture of 1 liter of pineapple juice, 1 liter of warm water and ¼ Cup of lemon juice.
In any of these compounds , the berries should be soaked a small amount of time. After treatment do not wash it with water.
Pour berries in a single layer on a baking sheet, previously covered with two layers of cheesecloth or cotton towel. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees, leave the oven door open so the steam could come out of the oven. Periodically check the berries and turn them. The fruit should be dry, not elastic. You will need up to 10 hours of drying in this mode.
You can dry the berries in the following way: put them in large open pots and put in a warm, dry, well ventilated room, for example, in the attic. Stir one or two times a day for 10 days. The berries dry out for 2 weeks.
If you are going to store berries for a long time, you can pasteurize them to kill all the insect larvae. On the final stage of freeze drying the berry for a few days in the freezer or heat up to 175 degrees in the oven for 10-15 minutes. These methods are used for drying the damp berries and dried fruit with the already introduced bugs.
Put the dried berries in dense packing, container or jar with a glass lid and store in a cool, dark place. In the refrigerator to store dried fruit only in the summer and in a very sealed package, as it's way too humid for them and the dried fruit can absorb foreign flavors.
Useful advice
Drying in the sun berry is not recommended, under direct light it immediately deteriorates.

Usually from 10 kg of fresh berries you can get no more than 1.5 kg of dried.

Advice 3: How to prepare blueberries for winter

Bilberry - very a useful berry. It has Antianemic, sosudoukreplyayuschim, antibacterial properties. This explains its use for medical purposes with a large number of diseases. Use blueberries in food can not only during the season of its collection, but also produced valuable berries for the winter.
How to prepare blueberries for winter

Blueberries dried
Drying is one of the methods of harvesting blueberries for the winter at home. Collected fresh berries need to sort through, removing leaves, twigs, spoiled berries and other debris.

Prepared berries lay in a single layer on a tray, cookie sheet or any other flat surface in a single layer. If you wish, the berries can be put metal foil or parchment. On top of the berries should be covered with gauze to protect them from flies and other insects.

Put the berries in the sun and leave there until dry. From time to time turn blueberries for uniform drying of the berries from all sides. Avoid zaplesnevelye berries. The blueberries should be stored indoors.

Completely dried berries are hard, shriveled, while pouring make a characteristic rustling sound. They should be stored in a dark place in a linen bag or paper bag. To use dried blueberries for the preparation of compotes, jellies, pastries.

Blueberries frozen
Moving wash blueberries in running water and well dry the berries on a towel. Place them on a special tray in a single layer so that between the berries remained small space. Thus, you will avoid freezing of the fruit.

Put the pan with the blueberries in the freezer to freeze for 1 hour. Then remove the berries and pour them in a plastic container. Store frozen blueberries in the freezer. Use these berries for all cooking purposes.

Blueberry smoothie frozen
Washed berries blend with tolkushkoy or blender, puree. If desired, add sugar to taste. Place berry puree in a plastic container and place in freezer for freezing and storage. After defrosting a puree eaten as a separate dish, filling for pies, a base for drinks.

Blueberry jam
Boil the syrup 300 g of water and 1.5 kg of sugar. In boiling syrup put 1 kg of enumerated and washed blueberries. All carefully stir and bring to a boil. Remove the cookware from the heat and leave the jam to cool down. Then again bring it to a boil and cool. The foam that appears while boiling, should be removed. Put the dishes with jam on fire for the third time, add the juice of half a lemon. Berries bring a lot to the boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Then pour the jam in sterilized glass jars, close them with metal lids, flip the bottom up, wrap up and leave until cool. Store jam in a dark, dry place.

Blueberries in own juice
Pour the prepared blueberries into sterilised jars to the top and put them in wide pot, the bottom of which are fitted with gauze, folded several times. Pour in a pot of cold water. It should reach the shoulders of jars. Put the saucepan on the fire. When the water boils, reduce heat so that the boiling was not very strong and the water did not get into the jars with blueberries. Gradually, the blueberries will start to settle. Once that happens, you should fill in the space with berries, taken in one of the cans. Continue cooking the blueberries in their own juice for as long as the berries continue to settle, each time reporting banks berries to the top. Then put in each jar of sugar at the rate of 1 tsp per half-liter jar. Cover the blueberries sterilized metal lids, boil the berries for another 5 minutes and roll the jar. They can be stored at room temperature.

Advice 4: How to preserve blueberries for winter

Blueberries - tasty and useful berry, containing vitamins C and A, manganese, potassium and other minerals. To enjoy the taste and benefits of blueberries can not only in summer but also in winter. There are several ways of storing berries in the winter.
storing blueberries

First of all, you must prepare the blueberries. For this you need to sort through the berries, throwing leaves, twigs, wrinkled and spoiled berries. Next, the blueberries must be washed under running water and then Pat dry – spread out on absorbent towel. Clean and dry the blueberries, you can freeze, dry, preserve.

For drying berries will need a baking sheet, parchment or foil. Berries are arranged in a single layer, covered with gauze and exposed to the sun. Several times a day is necessary to turn the berries.

To dry you can with the help of special dryers for fruits and vegetables. When the dryer is used first and then the temperature is 40 degrees, then rises to 70.

Blueberries can be frozen. To do this, the berries are laid out on cardboard or a baking sheet placed in the freezer. For convenience, on a baking sheet you can lay the paper or package. Periodically "shake" the berries – so it is not formed lumps. Frozen blueberries Packed in plastic bags.

You can cook the blueberries in their own juice. It is necessary to take a large metal basin filled with water, put it in sterilized jars. To the banks to cover the blueberries, adding 1 tbsp. a spoonful of sugar, close lid. Further, the basin with the banks is put on a small fire. After a while the berries will start to settle. In each jar you want to add to the blueberries until the berries will not cease to settle, and blueberry juice will not fill the entire capacity. In the end banks need to roll sterilized metal lids, jars flip, wrap and leave for a day. Later harvesting can be stored in a cool dark place in the cellar.

Advice 5: How to collect and dry celandine

Celandine has long been very popular in folk medicine, it can be used both topically and inside. This plant often show warts on the body, used as bactericide, healing and anti-inflammatory medication. For the treatment of various diseases using juice and oil of celandine, also on the basis of this plant make ointments, tinctures, decoctions.
How to collect and dry celandine
You will need
  • - gloves;
  • - gauze bandage;
  • - cloth bag, basket or bucket;
  • water;
  • paper.
Collect celandine during flowering in dry weather. Therefore, the plant will dry faster and the probability of the decay can be excluded. Select only those flowers that grow in the shade, because in dark places they are more fed with useful medicinal properties.
Determine the right place to gather this herb. It should grow in the wild places remote from the track, cities, industrial zones, garbage dumps.
During harvest, always follow precautions. Put gloves on your hands and a gauze bandage on the face before you start collecting celandine. These measures are necessary due to the fact that the plant is very poisonous, and the pollen can cause allergies and irritation. If you cut the plant with his bare hands, then don't touch their face and do not RUB the eye.
Pry the Bush out of the ground together with the root. Please note that the plant was not damaged. The leaves should be a rich green color, with no trace of fungal and other diseases. Collect celandine in the basket, fabric bag or bucket, try not to break and not to crush the plant.
Thoroughly rinse the stem and roots, then divide the infusion into few bundles and hang to dry in a well ventilated and dark place, the ideal option may be an attic or covered from the light spot on the balcony. The better conditions will be created for quick drying, the more juice and minerals stored in the plant. In the case of slow drying increases the likelihood of spoilage of raw materials.
After the grass is dry, gather it into a bundle and wrap in paper. The root system close, top leave ajar. Celandine can be kept in boxes or other containers for several years, as long as the room was dry, dark, and it is well ventilated.
Useful advice
The harvest suggest to carry out in the period from late may to July. The people still suggest doing it when the moon is waxing and in the morning. During this period, all plants have a maximum useful properties. Depending on what you want to use celandine after drying, it is possible to eradicate or peeling only the tip of the plant. Sometimes harvested separately only the juice of celandine. One liter of pure juice add half a liter of vodka, in this form it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Advice 6: How to dry the crackers in the oven

Croutons cooked in order not to throw out stale bread or for adding to salads and soups. In this form they can be stored for a long time.
How to dry the crackers in the oven
Crackers is ordinary bread or bakery product, dried in the oven. Croutons can be prepared salty or sweet with various spices. Then they are added to salads, soups or eat as a snack. In addition, the breadcrumbs help if you have problems with the intestines.

Store the crackers long enough due to the fact that bread drying out all moisture and does not deteriorate. To prepare the croutons is easy, but you need to know a few nuances that they turned out delicious and crispy.

How to dry sweet crackers

Typically, sweet biscuits needed white bread, you can still use rolls or buns. But it is important that the baked product was not very fresh, otherwise the crackers can inside stay moist. The loaf should be cut with a sharp knife into small pieces so they cook faster and probably dry from all sides. Before drying they should be sprinkled with powdered sugar. Doing it in process is not recommended, otherwise the dust just won't stick.

Sliced crackers spread on cookie sheet or pan without oil. The oven should be heated to a maximum of 100C, otherwise the bread just fry on top, and inside will remain raw. Dry the crackers for 20 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave them on the baking sheet for another 20-30 minutes so they turned crispy. Now sweet croutons are ready, they can be eaten just with tea or add to fruit salads.

How to dry salty crackers

For the preparation of savoury crackers will suit black or grey bread. With a sharp knife cut into small pieces, previously sprinkled with salt or spices, you can also RUB the bread with garlic to enhance the taste. The bread should be spread on a baking sheet or pan and dry using the same technology, and sweet crackers. These crackers will be an excellent addition to soups and salads.

Useful tips:

- it is best to dry the breadcrumbs out of stale bread, so they are more tasty and crunchy;
- additions to the breadcrumbs can be anything – garlic, cinnamon, hops-suneli, curry, greens, cheese and so on;
the remaining when cutting crumbs can be dried and used as breadcrumbs, or add to burgers;
- the smaller the particles, the better the quality and taste of the breadcrumbs;
you don't have to use only bread, dry can any sweet bakery products with different additives.
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