Dried cherries are fresh cherries that have been dehydrated, and may or may not contain added sugar. No preservatives are added in the drying process, but, as with other dried fruits, many of the nutrients are lost due to the loss of water content. Most commercially dried cherries are tart, rather than sweet cherries, because the tart variety tends to fare better in cooking, freezing, canning and drying processes. They are a lusciously sweet addition to both savory and sweet dishes, and they provide a welcome, slightly tarter substitution for raisins.
Raisins, dried currants, dried cranberries, and any other dried berry can be substituted.
To make chopping them easier, use an oiled knife.
Keep unopened dried cherries in a cool, dry place, and opened in a tightly sealed bag or container; it is not necessary to refrigerate or freeze them. Use within 12 months of opening.