We received a box of cranberries from a hunter… and I mean A BOX. I *like* cranberries, but you’d have to eat a lot of turkey to use all those cranberries!
I decided to make craisins out of most of them.
I pulled out my dehydrator and layered a bunch of cranberries on the shelves. I turned on the heat and walked away. They weren’t done in 4 hours. They weren’t done in 8. Or 24. Like the intelligent person I am, I *then* went to my dehydrating book and looked up the instructions for craisins! Oh. OOOPS.
Evidently, you must break the skin of the cranberries first!
All I had was very puffy, very cooked cranberries.
Well, I’d just put them in a plastic sack, and smush ’em to pop them and THEN make craisins.
I smushed ’em alright… They were way too cooked to make craisins with now!
Change of plans…
I added sugar to the bags and made sure they were all popped.
I smoothed the concoction out until it was just a thin layer in the bag.
Next, I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut down the middle of the top layer of the bag… and along the bottom-ish of the bag and pulled the plastic away from the cranberries. I had now made a ”tray” of sorts to dry it on. Perfect.
Today, everyone got a taste, and declared my cranberry fruit leather a success! I’ll vacuum seal it, and see how much I can feed everyone before it goes bad!
To serve, just cut a chunk off like it was a salami… the plastic will help separate it just like the storebought stuff! Unroll and enjoy!