I wash, pit and halve the cherries. Then place them cut side up on a dehydrator; close but not on top of each other. Dry for about 2 days until leathery. Put on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes to cool down. Then put in a large plastic bag overnight. If there is any moisture in the plastic bag, put back in the dehydrator for a few more hours.
Keep testing until there is no moisture in the bag, so that there will be no mold. After this I put them in a wide mouth jar, and vacuum seal. Will keep at least a year.
Source: Various dehydrator books and friends. These might keep longer than a year, but I've always eaten them by year's end. Good luck!
By ms. carmen
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