daniefondaniefon Raw Newbie

My blackberry bushes are producing like crazy right now. I pureed some and froze them in ice cubes to use in smoothies. But, I want to find other ways to preserve them. Has anyone tried dehydrating them? I've done other berries, but am concerned about the seeds. I have a few in right now, to see what happens. In the past, berries have taken days to dry out.


  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

    this isn't about preserving them, but whatever you do, you MUST make blackberry jam.

    just 1.5 cups berries and 1 cup medjool dates blended together in a food processor. it is pure, sweet heaven!!

  • daniefondaniefon Raw Newbie

    Thank you for the idea, Joanna. I made some this afternoon and it's delicious!

  • joannabananajoannabanana Raw Newbie

    i'm so glad you tried it! i like smearing it on apple slices or a banana. i'm thinking you could roll a banana in the jam, put some shredded coconut on it, and freeze it, too. that would be divine.

  • camiheartsrawcamiheartsraw Raw Newbie

    I'm not sure how dehydrated berries would turn out - freeze dried are pretty good and are sold as "blackberry popcorn" in a lot of health food stores, so I'd give it a shot. You might want to combine them with pears or dates and puree and then smooth out with a spatula over a teflex sheet in the dehydrator. I always dump left-over pear smoothies in the dehydrator and end up with what resembles fruit leather and my nephew loves it (well, I do too). I think pear helps it stay bound together, so you might want to try the berries with pear before going berries alone. I love the jam/date's so great over any raw vegan dessert.

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