Dried fruit is supposed to be, well, dry, but I recently found some dried cranberries in my cupboard that redefined the genre. I was going to toss 'em (they hurt my teeth!) but The Kitchn has convinced me not to; all they need is a little hot liquid.
Photo by Christian Schnettelker.
To rehydrate fruit that's just a little too shriveled, put it in a bowl, pour some boiling water over it, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Better yet, swap out boring water for exciting booze. I mean really, why eat fruit that tastes like fruit when you can eat fruit that tastes like bourbon?