Sunday, July 8, 2012
For the past couple weeks I have been busy with cherries. . . and kids, chemo treatments, an MRI, swim lessons, 4th of July activites, etc. :) Our nearby orchard was selling them for $.75/lb and I was so excited to get some! Aren't they beautiful?
I pitted them with my cherry stoner, cut them in half and then had some help from my 2 youngest spreading them out on my dehydrating trays.
I dehydrated them for about 24 hours. I think they got a little too dry, but it's hard to tell sometimes until it's too late.
I also made a ton of fruit leather (I borrowed a second dehydrator from a friend because cherries won't wait!). I think this is cherries with some pear sauce that I canned last year. I like to add it to fruit leather to make it more pliable.
I also got some apricots and mixed those with cherries for fruit leather. It is soooo yummy! I love the tartness that the apricots add
So far I have gone crazy with fruit leather. I have 3 gallon bags full of rolled up fruit leather. And it's only the beginning of the harvest! Fruit leather is what goes the quickest in my family. :)