There's a chance I may be getting a smidge wiser in my old age.
I like to dehydrate a portion of our strawberry harvest each year to use as an addition to granola and trail mix. But for some reason, I wait until the end of the season to do this, first putting by as much jam and frozen berries for smoothies as I think we will need.
One reason this doesn't make good sense is because at the end of the season the berries are much smaller. That means I spend more time slicing the smaller berries and laying out a gazillion more slices on the dryer trays than I would if I used larger berries.
So yesterday I took the biggest berries from the most recent harvest, sliced and dehydrated them. Much easier, faster and more efficient. Just HOW many years did it take before I figured this out??
I had four full trays of sliced strawberries.
Ten hours later . . . a very full quart of dried berry slices to stash away in the pantry.
Today? I'm making strawberry jam as we speak. Doesn't it smell dee-licious?
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