A few months ago I went on a jam making spree: Mixed berry jam and both half and non-bitter marmalade now crowd the shelves of my canned good storage. Well that and five pints of chow chow! Having this fabulous stash wasn’t meeting my need, though. We are in the prime season for inexpensive fresh fruit. What’s a girl to do?
Okay, I can freeze it. We do now have a deep freeze, which makes my heart go pitter pat, but freezing food is boring. I can’t get excited about putting fruit into baggies and then shoving them into the freezer.
After I bought three pints of blueberries at Costco, I wondered what I would do with them. No way would I let them go bad, but it was too many to snack on, plus I wanted entertainment value out of my food. And then I remembered: I own a food dehydrator!
Into my closet I went, and out it came. We use it at the end of each summer for our tomato surplus – dried tomato slices are so flavorful and sweet. They don’t last long in the house.
I’d had a lot of luck dehydrating strawberries – Holy cow are they delicious! – but for some reason blackberries were a complete fail. I think they might be too thick to get the centers done without doing horrible things to the outside. Because of that, I wasn’t sure how the blueberries would turn out. But being fearless, onto the trays they went.
Hours later, here they are.
The verdict? Drool-inducing good… and it did make more than the ones I’m holding in the picture! It’s the perfect sweet, slightly tart bite. Normally I buy the jumbo bags of dried cranberries from Costco to add to cereal and oatmeal, but not so long as these are around, which won’t be long!
What was your latest food invention? or Who else out there owns a food dehydrator?