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 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.

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