Mulberries are a favourite snack of mine, especially when one can simply go outside and pick them fully ripe and fresh from the tree! We planted our mulberry tree around 6 years ago now, and it’s been producing fruit for about 4 years (the first 2 years it was growing).
There is nothing I love more than to be able to wander outside and collect fresh fruit and veg from our garden, it brings me so much joy and comfort in knowing exactly how it was grown, when it was picked, and the process along the way to when it finally arrives on my plate. Are any of you growing fruit or veg at home? If you are, what are you growing?!
Going back to drying out mulberries, the reason why I started doing this in the first place was I was finding a lot of the berries would end up going to waste as we couldn’t keep up with how many were growing! (Mind you, this is a wonderful thing. It’s great having so many fresh mulberries, I was just looking for alternative ways to prevent so many dropping onto the ground and decaying away before we could eat them).
Thus, this is where dried fruit came to mind. One of my favourite things about drying fruit at home is that there are no added preservatives like sulfur dioxide in them, nor are they packaged in plastic! Win!! ✊
So, as follows is the process I follow to make dried fruit (in particular, mulberries) at home!
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How To Dry Mulberries At Home
With your fingers, gently and carefully pull the green stem end out from the mulberry.
Wash the mulberries gently in cold water. Toss through some lemon juice to keep their vibrant purple colour intact throughout the drying process.
Place the mulberries into a dehydrator and dehydrate them until dry (around 36-48 hours). They’re ready when they are easily broken.
Dried mulberries may be stored at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 1 year (they shouldn’t go mouldy if they’ve been dried properly). They should be kept in a sealed bag or container, away from heat and direct sunlight.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a dehydrator, you can oven-dry them. Baking them for around 24 to 36 hours at 60˚C (140˚F) will slowly dehydrate your mulberries without burning them to a crisp. Use a spatula to turn and shuffle the mulberries around the pan approximately every hour to ensure each mulberry dries evenly. Test the dryness of your mulberries by gently shaking the pan side to side. Well-dried mulberries will make a rattling sound against the pan. (1)
Uses for Dried Mulberries
Here are a few ideas for dried mulberries (but don’t be restricted by these suggestions, feel free to get creative!):
- Add dried mulberries to granola or trail mixes for a sweet hit. Mulberries pair well with nuts, dried berries and coconut.
- Reconstitute dried mulberries by soaking them in water before adding them to baked good recipes.
- Add them to herbal teas. Prepare a green tea or herbal tea, and add a hint of sweetness by letting dried mulberries soak at the bottom of the cup.
- Blend soaked mulberries into smoothies or juices.
- Grind up dried mulberries and add them to recipes for muffins or cookies for an extra nutrition hit. (2)
- My favourite way – eat dried mulberries as they are, straight out of the container!
*This is not my original recipe, method or concept, rather one I’ve adapted from other recipe developers.
Please let me know how the dried mulberries turn out in the comments! I hope you love them! (Also, also!! I’ll be sharing new recipes on how to make dried pineapple and mango soon, too! Once Summer sets in!).
If you’d like a play-by-play of how I dry mulberries, I give you run-through of the process in my video below
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