Can you use dried cranberries in place of fresh?

Can I substitute Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries for fresh or frozen cranberries? Yes, Craisins® Dried Cranberries work well in baked goods; however, there is a 1/4 cup difference in measurement. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh or frozen cranberries you should use 3/4 cup of Craisins®.
A.

How do I soften dried cranberries?

Put your dried fruit in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and then strain the fruit and discard the water. The fruit will be plumper, juicier, and softer. To give your fruit some extra flavor, swap the water for fruit juice or a liquor, like rum, bourbon, or brandy.
  • How do you soften dried dates?

    Place just the amount of dates you plan to use in a bowl, then cover with boiling water to fully submerge the fruit. Let the dates soak for about 10 minutes, then and then strain the fruit and discard the water. The fruit will be more plump, juicy, and soft.
  • Why do you soak Medjool dates?

    Soak Medjool dates in hot water until soft. If the water reaches room temperature and the dates aren't soft enough, soak in hot water again. Reserve the soaking liquid, as it's integral to making a good paste! Add the soaked dates to your food processor, along with one tablespoon of the soaking liquid.
  • How do you dehydrate cranberries?

    If you want your cranberries to be less tart, you will need to sprinkle 1 Tbsp of sugar per 1 cup of cranberries. Add to the cranberries while in the colander and mix well. Lay the cranberries on a single layer on the dehydrating tray. Set the dehydrator to 135F and check on the cranberries at the 8 hour mark.
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Can you rehydrate dried fruit?

Place dried fruit in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes until plump then strain and use. For added flavor, use a hard liquor like rum, bourbon, or brandy, any flavored liqueur, or even fruit juice instead of water. Just warm the liquid in the microwave then pour over the dried fruit.
  • Can you turn a raisin into a grape?

    Raisins are just dehydrated grapes, so technically if you could hydrate them enough again you could potentially turn them back into grapes. But that is very hypothetical and highly improbable to occur. Not quite turn back into grapes, but they can plump back up.
  • How do you hydrate raisins?

    Rehydrate them to plump them up before eating. Place the raisins in a bowl and pour boiling water to cover. They'll soften in minutes. This also works great when adding raisins (or other dried fruit) to recipes when baking.
  • How do you plump raisins for baking?

    To plump raisins for baking, place them in a bowl and pour over boiling water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, drain, and use. If you want to add additional flavor, soak them in hot juice or hot water mixed with bourbon or rum. We love using a soaking liquid that complements the other flavors in the recipe.
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Can you use dried cranberries instead of fresh for cranberry sauce?

Yes, Craisins® Sweetened Dried Cranberries work well in baked goods; however, there is a 1/4 cup (60 mL) difference in measurement. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh cranberries you should use 3/4 cup (175 mL) of Craisins®. Craisins® should not be used in cooked sauces.
  • How do you rehydrate dried cranberries?

    Process:
    1. Measure out the amount of cranberries needed for your recipe and pour them into a bowl or a pot.
    2. Pour enough hot water over the cranberries to cover them all.
    3. Cover your bowl or pot to keep in the heat.
    4. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
    5. Pour off water* and strain the cranberries.
    6. Use just as you would fresh cranberries.
  • How do you dehydrate cranberries?

    If you want your cranberries to be less tart, you will need to sprinkle 1 Tbsp of sugar per 1 cup of cranberries. Add to the cranberries while in the colander and mix well. Lay the cranberries on a single layer on the dehydrating tray. Set the dehydrator to 135F and check on the cranberries at the 8 hour mark.
  • How do you soften dried apricots?

    Put your dried fruit in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and then strain the fruit and discard the water. The fruit will be plumper, juicier, and softer. To give your fruit some extra flavor, swap the water for fruit juice or a liquor, like rum, bourbon, or brandy.

Updated: 6th October 2019

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