Dried Cherries Recipe by Heghineh
A snack so simple yet so addictive: dried cherries .
I make my homemade dried fruits every summer, I love to dry plums, prunes, peaches , even watermelon . But the most and best is dried cherries. Every time I come across to meaty and sweet fruit , especially when it’s on sale, I buy 6-8 lbs at once and straight to the hot syrup they go!
Let me put down a quick recipe for that yummy snack and please watch YouTube tutorial for more detailed instructions and for healthier idea I shared during the video.
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6 lbs fresh cherries , washed (I didn’t remove stems and pits, do it if you like)
4 cups boiling water
2 ½ cups sugar
¼ rum optional
In a pot combine hot water and sugar
Bring to a boil and simmer 7-10 minutes
Add cherries in small batches
Cook 3-4 minutes , use a strained ladle to remove the cherries from boiling syrup and place in a flat but dip container
Pour the syrup over cherries and let at room temperature 8-10 hours (you can add the rum at this point)
Strain out the cherries and place on a wide tray lined with parchment paper
How to dry the cherries
*You can dry the cherries in 200°F oven 4-6 hours
*Use a dehydrator
*Or the old fashioned way: under the sun. Be sure to cover it with cheesecloth and on day two change the parchment paper and place the cherries on a clean, dry paper
Also make sure to turn the fruits once a day during the drying process
Store in plastic bags , at room temperature or better in fridge, for freshest taste