Several weeks ago I picked sour cherries for the first time. Since I had yet to preserve this fruit, I decided to try out various methods not knowing which would end up as my favorite. With the exception of cherry pie filling (because I LOVE pie), dried cherries have definitely won that title!
Sour cherries on their own are packed full of flavor; once you dehydrate them, it takes the intensity level to a whole other playing field!
Dehydrated Sour Cherries
Wash cherries, remove pits and stems. Arrange in a single layer on dehydrator trays and place on recommended fruit/veggie setting. I have an American Harvest and the temp for fruit is 135°F. Cherries, like strawberries, are mainly water, so it will take quite some time for them to finish. I checked mine every 2-3 hours and removed the raisin-like cherries as they were ready. I believe the total drying time was around 12-14 hours. Store cherries in an airtight container.