How to Dehydrate Black Cherries:

Dehydrated black cherries make a fun snack, especially for kids! They are tart and sweet like candy but without processed sugars and dyes. You can add them to yogurt or cereal for a flavorful antioxidant kick, or just carry them in a bag for an on-the-go snack.

If dehydrated properly, they can be stored for years if vacuum sealed, and months to a year in a mason jar. Store away from direct sunlight!


  • Be careful when working with cherries; it stains clothes and counters easily!
  • Place the cherries (leave any stems on) in a strainer and dip the strainer into a large pot of boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Remove and dip the strainer into a large bowl of ice water until the cherries cool.
  • Drain, then remove the stems and pits, and lightly spray with lemon juice or ascorbic acid solution.
  • Spread, skin side down, on dehydrator trays.
  • Dehydrate at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-12 hours.
  • Store in a vacuum with a Mylar bag for long-term storage, or a mason jar with an oxygen pack for shorter term.

Dryness Check:

Dehydrated cherries develop a hard outer coating and will click when dropped on the counter. The cherries should not stick together when squeezed in your hand.

Other Tips:

Black cherries are delicious to eat fresh as well, and you do not always have to dehydrate them. The reason to dehydrate black cherries would be to increase shelf life, or add a little more flavor for a salad, cereal, or yogurt topper!


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