dried cherry botch
DD would like some dried cherries, but she has found that the commercially prepared packages contain sugar. She is trying to avoid white sugar. We do not own a dehydrator and I would have no other use for one.
Last night, DD pitted a bunch of cherries, cut them in half, and put them in the oven on a baking rack over a sheet pan on 200 degrees using the convection setting on the oven. At 3 a.m. (the 6 hour mark) she checked them and left them in. At 5 a.m., I checked them. They were still rather moist, I thought, so I turned off the heat but left the convection fan running and propped open the oven door with a wooden spoon.
When we got up several hours later, the cherries were slightly burnt and most were very crunchy.
We will try another batch this afternoon/evening. Any tips or tricks to help us?
Below is a link that we more or less followed.
Here is a link that might be useful: How to Dry Fruit in the Oven