How To Dehydrate Raspberries and Make Powder Too

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Today, it’s all about how to dehydrate raspberries and make powder too! Here’s the deal, we love fresh fruit and vegetables, right? There is nothing better than gathering fruits and vegetables from our yard.

I used to have fruit trees, but I don’t have any right now. My yard is really small, but I do have a great garden. The bonus is, I can grow food 365 days a year. I’m still working on growing tomatoes year-round, that’s a bit trickier where I live.

If we can learn how to dehydrate food, we can preserve our bounty one more way. I wish I could say I grew these raspberries, no I purchased them at Costco.

But I was anxious to show you how to dehydrate raspberries before they come into season so you are ready when they arrive. In Utah, that’s around June or July.

This is one fruit that is super easy to dehydrate. Wash, drain, and start dehydrating them. So, Let’s get started.

Kitchen Items Needed

Raspberry Health Benefits

The term RDI stands for Recommended Daily Intake in nutrition labeling on food. Here are just a few benefits of eating raspberries.

  • One cup: equals 64 calories
  • Protein: 1.5 grams
  • Vitamin C: 54% RDI
  • Vitamin K: 12% RDI
  • Iron: 5% RDI
  • Potassium: 5% RDI
  • Fiber: 8 grams

How To Dehydrate Raspberries

Step One

The first step is to look through the berries and discard any that look questionable. It’s best to use fresh, and not overripe raspberries.

Fresh raspberries from the store

Step Two

Rinse the raspberries under cool water using a colander. Let them drain.

Raspberries being washed in strainer

Step Three

Place the raspberries evenly over the dehydrator racks.

Fresh Raspberries ready to Dehydrate

Step Four

Place the racks one by one in your dehydrator. Oh, my goodness, how I love seeing those racks inside my Excalibur Dehydrator. Any dehydrator will work, it’s just the one that I have right now.

I’ve had this dehydrator for about 8 years now. My friend has a Nesco Dehydrator (loves it), and I have one similar to this Excalibur Dehydrator.

Fresh Raspberries in the Dehydrator

Finished Product

Here they are, I wish you could smell my house, it smells so yummy! But, then I love raspberries! These took about 20 hours, the dehydrating time will always depend on the humidity of the room you are drying your food.

Dehydrated Raspberries Ready To Store

Making Raspberry Powder

I will store some of the raspberries that I dehydrated in mason jars using my FoodSaver. I do not use oxygen absorbers.

As a Master Canner and Preserver, I learned that the shelf-life is best up to one year. I don’t use the FoodSaver on my powder.

It may ruin the accessory tube. I only use my blender to make enough powder for a month. It’s really concentrated so you will use very little when you begin using it.

Dehydrated Raspberries in blender

Here you can see I’m using my FoodSaver with the lid sealer attached. Here is what you need to seal the jars: Jar Sealer Wide and Regular Width w/ accessory hose.

Dehydrated Raspberries in Jars

I love seeing all my jars of powders lined up. Please let me know which powders you like to make.

Raspberry Powder in a Jar

How To Dehydrate Raspberries and Make Powder

Raspberries Dehydrated and Raspberry Powder by FSM
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 hrs
Total Time
20 hrs 15 mins
 
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1-3 pounds fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Gently rinse the fresh raspberries in a colander/strainer and let drain. Spread the raspberries on the dehydrating racks evenly and preferably not touching. I have an Excalibur Dehydrator that recommends setting the dehydrator to 135 degrees. The drying time will depend on the humidity of the room where you are dehydrating your raspberries. These took about 20 hours. These were really large raspberries.

    After they are totally dry you can preserve your raspberries in mason jars using a FoodSaver. I typically wait about 2 weeks before I seal my dehydrated food in the jars. If you decide to make some raspberry powder, you can use your blender to make some of the dehydrated raspberries into a yummy powder. Keep in mind this will be very concentrated so you will use much less in a smoothie or muffins, etc. I only make powder for a month at a time. Please do not use your FoodSaver to seal the powder it will ruin your unit.

How do I use dehydrated raspberries?

  • Add to your morning cold cereal.
  • They work great in hot oatmeal.
  • The perfect addition to muffin batter.
  • Delicious if added to pancake batter.
  • They make perfect snacks right from the jar.
  • Delicious when added to your morning smoothie.

How can I use raspberry powder?

You can add the powder to all of the items above, but remember it’s very concentrated. It’s so fun to make, my friends!

Can I dehydrate raspberries in my oven?

Yes, you can. Set your oven to the lowest temperature possible. Place your raspberries on a cookie sheet. Take a chunk of foil to keep the door ajar. Please check them at least every 15 minutes or so because they will dehydrate faster.

Final Word

Here is one more way to be prepared for the unexpected. Let’s learn to dehydrate all different types of food. If we can grow our own food, that would be so awesome!

Please let me know if you dehydrate raspberries, I love to hear from you. May God bless this world, Linda

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6 thoughts on “How To Dehydrate Raspberries and Make Powder Too

  • January 29, 2020 at 10:45 am
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    I love this series on dehydrating fruits and veggies. In the past 2 weeks I have dehydrated oranges, cilantro, white onions and green onions. When you cook a lot its so nice to know you have these on hand and don’t have to run to the store if you don’t have an onion. I even bought a book on dehydrating and added an Excaliber dehydrator to my birthday list.

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    • January 29, 2020 at 12:31 pm
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      Hi M, oh I’m so glad you like this series on dehydrating! I hope you get your birthday wish! It will save you money in the long run! Linda

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  • January 29, 2020 at 10:51 am
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    Try adding whole dehydrated berries to your water for a refreshing twist.

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  • January 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm
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    Never thought of dehydrating raspberries! I have lots of them, plus black raspberries (of course the chickens get the lower ones, but it’s fun to see them jumping to pick them). The berries still taste good frozen but tend to be mushy, so this method may be preferable. AND–I picked up an Excalibur at the dump!!

    I would think this ought to work for blackberries as well? Might take a little longer to dry since they are not hollow like raspberries.

    Another idea for raspberries and blackberries–juice them as if for jelly, but just can or freeze the juice–then add it to seltzer or sparkling water. I haven’t done it (yet) but I’d bet the pulp would make either powder or fruit leather, with or without the seeds. (Up to now the chickens have had it!)

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    • January 30, 2020 at 10:40 am
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      Hi Rhonda, you found an Excalibur at the dump???? Score!! I have a blackberry dehydrating and powder post coming up on the 31st. Stay tuned! It’s so fun to preserve food with a dehydrator!! You are going to love using yours! Linda

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