How to Dehydrate Blueberries

Many people have asked about how to dehydrate blueberries, its a tedious process but here's the step by step!
Food dehydration is an effective and fun way to reduce waste, save money, go green, and practice preparedness! Dehydrated food lasts for years when stored properly, is lightweight, and doesn't require electricity to preserve. We love to help you dehydrate, store, and build your pantry! Here are some things we think will help you!

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Excalibur Dehydrator: https://bit.ly/DehydratorExcalibur
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For high-volume dehydration and storage, we recommend the 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator and a heavy-duty vacuum sealer with dual motors. For low- or moderate-volume dehydration, we recommend 6- or 9-tray Excalibur, and any vacuum sealer, with high-quality vacuum bags.

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21 comments

  • CaligalinLibrary

    Thanks! I wish I had known about this! 🙁
    I wonder if I could use my 3 day dehydrated blueberries (not blanched) now. Sigh.

  • Bobster986

    That was great! I always wondered if blueberries could be dehydrated. Thanks! Oh, you would have better lighting if you aim your video light at the ceiling. It will create a soft natural light condition, instead of the harsh contrastive light you have. Good Luck

  • BeppyCat

    I just discovered your videos on Excalibur’s website. I’ve been saving up for one to replace my garage sale round black and decker dehydrator, but it seems to be slow going sometimes, so I wandered over there to daydream and remind myself what I’m working toward, and happened on you. I watched the videos straight through and can’t wait to get the chance to watch them again! You are absolutely awesome!

    I’m renewed in my efforts to earn enough to buy

  • BeppyCat

    my excalibur this summer thanks to you! (I’m a homemaker and so earn money writing articles for Associated Content and designing humorous t-shirts for homemakers on cafepress. It can take a bit to add up, but it’s worth it to me to be able to devote my time to my home and husband!) I want to thank you so much for taking the time and putting in all the massive effort to make these videos and your coming site!

  • abedabun dawn

    I love your videos. I dehydrated some blueberries but did something wrong. To test them, I placed one in a cup of water for about 2 hrs to rehydrate it, but it didnt rehydrate (it stayed rock hard). Have you encountered this problem? Could I have over dehydrated them?
    Thanks

  • abedabun dawn

    Tammy,
    Thank you for the reply! Boiling water was the key! I appreciate all the time and effort you put into your videos!

    Would you happens to have any tips on cantaloupe and watermellons?

  • Nerdy Nimbiform

    hi BeppyCat, why not try ebay for your excalibur? Thats where i got mine it was a new 5 tray one for like 130 bucks total, I got it from someone that bought it but never used it. You can also find some blemished ones for like 60 something straight from exaclibur on ebay. Where there is a will there is a way, my mom always says, so dont let $ stop you, Im sure you have already saved enough to own your very own excalibur! Goodluck <3

  • goldenscales

    My mother used to clout me in my ear for putting plastic on a hot stove. Just saying.

  • Kathleen Ellenberger

    Did you mention washing and taking off the stems?

  • AgentCell

    Can I store blueberries in the freezer of my refrigerator and for how long?

  • Tommy H

    Hi, thanks for your video. I have an Excalibur and dehydrated blueberries to completely dry them out to grind into powder(with a coffee grinder) so I can add them(along with other fruit and vegetable powders) into my protein shakes in the morning. After the dehydration with the Excalibur and grinding with the coffee grinder, there was still some water content(still a bit sticky). I scattered the remnants on a cookie sheet, put in the oven(140-150) for 30 minutes and got it down to a dry powder.

  • Annette Stover

    thank you! i had the same problem, thought i had over cooked my blueberries…they were rock hard. I didn’t know you re-hydrated them in boiling water! why do you have to blanch them first? do you have to do this w/ all fruit?

  • leadee2007

    I’m to lazy to go through all the work of blanching and poking so I blend up my blueberries, dry them then grind them up and make a powder for flavoring. It works well in smoothies, and baking as well 🙂

  • Cybelle2006

    I see this video and responses are many years old.  Just hope some of you will read the following info.
    No Need to blanch blueberries and lose all those enzymes and Vit C, etc.  I just wash my blueberries in baking soda and vinegar.  I drain them and dry them lightly with paper towels.  Then I freeze them in an appropriate size bag, as flat as possible.  The next day (today) I put them in the dehydrator.  I put the temp at 135 F for 10 to 12 hrs.  I got the prep info from a video on YouTube called: A Trick For Dehydrating Blueberries.  Tonight I will check them at 10:00 pm to see if they are well dehydrated.  I will then grind them to a fine powder in my blender and put them into capsules (size of my choice) and use them as vitamins.  Hope this gives you all another, less labor intensive way to prep and use blueberries.  You can also use other fruits and veggies to make your own vitamins.  Good Luck!! 

  • alex desmarais

    I was going to say, if you freeze them they will dehydrate so perfectly, your mined will explode.

  • J

    Thanks for the video. I see this video was made in 2009, so this might have changed already, but I just wanted to suggest you use a lapel mic. I can hear what you say, but the audio would be crisper if you used a lapel mic. Easier to understand. Thanks for the great info!

  • Jeepgirl

    As others have said… skip the boiling…. and pricking each one…that takes forever,, just freeze your blueberry and dehydrate them in frozen form trust me you’ll never go back to the old method!!

  • Roving Punster

    MUCH BETTER METHOD: Although blanching and pricking works fine, it is unnecessarily tedious and time consuming. A FAR better method is to simply freeze the berries hard, overnight (which splits the skins for you because water expands when frozen), and then put them straight in the food dehydrator while still frozen (do NOT thaw them first or they’ll oxidize and begin turning brownish !). No blanching & pricking required. Dry 12 hrs.

    An optional after step is to toss them with a little half strength lemon juice and honey, drain them, then re-dry for another 2-4 hrs. The lemon inhibits browning, and the sugar adds a glossy sheen. An alternative is to spray lightly with vegetable oil, and toss well.

  • Ann S.

    Freeze them first and you won’t have to blanch nor use a toothpick. That’s crazy labor intensive work that is unnecessary if you freeze the blueberries first.

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