How to Soften Dried Cranberries

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How to Soften Dried Cranberries
Put cranberries in water to rehydrate. (Cranberry - Cerise image by ParisPhoto from

When you want to make a recipe that calls for fresh cranberries and they are not available, do not despair. Rehydrate dried cranberries to use in place of fresh cranberries. Dried cranberries are available year-round and used as a snack, garnish for salads or as a substitute for raisins in recipes. Dried cranberries are fresh cranberries that have had their water removed. To make them soft again, rehydrate the cranberries.

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Things you need

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave oven

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  1. 1

    Put the dried cranberries in a microwave-safe bowl.

  2. 2

    Cover the cranberries entirely with water.

  3. 3

    Cover the bowl loosely with microwave-safe cling film.

  4. 4

    Heat the bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes at full power.

  5. 5

    Remove the bowl from the microwave and let it sit for 10 minutes. Leave covered.

  6. 6

    Remove the cling film and drain off the water.

Tips and warnings

  • Use another liquid such as chicken broth or cider instead of water to rehydrate, to add flavour to a recipe.

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