People don't give cranberries the time of day unless they're sweetened and/or are trying to cure a urinary tract infection.  If you're in functional foods, you might consider eating them without the sugar. I get it, cranberries are bitter but this dehydration method might just change your mind.

It's relatively common knowledge that cranberries have medicinal powers (hence, bringing up urinary tract infections). But it's not ideal for your health to to eat cranberries that have been processed with sugar and oil. Let nature be your candy this fall and make it yourself. 

Dried Unsweetened Cranberries

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:4 hrs
  • Total Time:4 hrs 10 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 2 quarts water
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Photo by Kristine Mahan

Step 1

Sort through cranberries to remove stems and leaves.
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Photo by Kristine Mahan

Step 2

Bring water to a boil, add cranberries and turn off the heat. Let sit for 3-5 minutes in the hot water until the skins begin to pop.
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Photo by Kristine Mahan

Step 3

Preheat oven to 200°F and arrange drained cranberries on a baking sheet.
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Photo by Kristine Mahan

Step 4

Bake for 4 hours, adding more time if the cranberries aren't completely dry after the 4 hours are up.
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Photo by Kristine Mahan

Step 5

Store in an airtight container up to 1 month for optimal freshness.
Photo by Kristine Mahan
Photo by Kristine Mahan