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.
Put the dried cranberries in a microwave-safe bowl.
Cover the cranberries entirely with water.
Cover the bowl loosely with microwave-safe plastic wrap.
Heat the bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes at full power.
Remove the bowl from the microwave and let it sit for 10 minutes. Leave covered.
Remove the plastic wrap and drain off the water.