You will need
- 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.
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.