Remember how I mentioned buying upwards of 50 pounds of cranberries last fall? Here's a glimpse at what I've done to preserve some of them outside of the freezer. I highly recommend picking up (or borrowing, like I did) a food dehydrator if you're into picking local fruit and/or you have kids who like dried fruit. Our girls love craisins the most, so I tried making some myself. It was SO easy, and they are SO good. Sweet and tart. Yum.
What you need is a pound or so of fresh or frozen cranberries. Either boil them until the skins split (less than a minute), or cut them in half yourself. I found that halving them worked best and didn't add more water to the process like boiling would. In a bowl add 1/2 cup of your choice of natural sweetener. I used brown sugar. I also added about 1/4 cup of honey. Mix it all up, then spread the berries out onto several racks of your dehydrator. Dehydrate for 8 hours or so, then check them. You'll probably need 10 hours, but it's good to make sure you're not drying them too much. They should be chewy inside and out.