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DIY Recipe: Homemade cRANBERRY rAISINS

DIY Recipe: Homemade cRANBERRY rAISINS

Introduction: Cranberry raisins, also known as dried cranberries, are a delicious and healthy snack. Making them at home ensures you have a preservative-free, natural treat that you can enjoy on its own or add to various dishes. Here's a simple recipe to make your own cranberry raisins.


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or orange juice (for a touch of sweetness)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (optional, for additional sweetness)
  • A pinch of salt (optional)


  1. Preheat Oven:

    • Preheat your oven to 200°F (93°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Prepare Cranberries:

    • Rinse the cranberries thoroughly and pat them dry with a clean towel.
  3. Blanch the Cranberries:

    • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the cranberries and blanch them for about 1-2 minutes until the skins just start to crack. This helps them dehydrate more evenly.
    • Drain the cranberries and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat them dry with a clean towel.
  4. Sweeten the Cranberries:

    • In a large bowl, combine the apple juice (or orange juice) and honey (or maple syrup), if using.
    • Add the cranberries to the mixture and toss them until they are well coated. Let them soak for about 10 minutes to absorb some of the sweetness.
  5. Arrange on Baking Sheet:

    • Spread the cranberries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Ensure they are evenly spaced to allow for proper drying.
  6. Dry the Cranberries:

    • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and dry the cranberries for 6-8 hours. Check them every couple of hours and give them a stir to ensure even drying. The cranberries are done when they are shriveled and no longer sticky but still slightly pliable.
  7. Cool and Store:

    • Remove the dried cranberries from the oven and let them cool completely.
    • Store the cranberry raisins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month or in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.


  • Dehydrator Option: If you have a dehydrator, you can use it instead of the oven. Set the dehydrator to 135°F (57°C) and dry the cranberries for 8-12 hours, checking periodically.
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with adding a pinch of cinnamon or a splash of vanilla extract to the juice mixture for a unique flavor twist.


  • Snacking: Enjoy cranberry raisins as a healthy, tangy snack.
  • Baking: Add them to cookies, muffins, and bread for a burst of flavor.
  • Salads: Toss them into salads for a sweet and tart addition.
  • Trail Mix: Combine with nuts, seeds, and other dried fruits for a homemade trail mix.

Making your own cranberry raisins at home is simple and rewarding, providing you with a delicious, natural snack that you can enjoy in various ways. Give it a try and savor the taste of homemade goodness!

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  • Danielle Lasit