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Winter strawberries

Strawberry leather

Strawberries are my favorite fruit and fruit is my favorite food group. So you'd think I'd be tempted by out-of-season berries at the grocery store.

The trouble is, homegrown strawberries are so good I now turn up my nose at even the offerings from the local berry farm. Instead, we gorge on delicious red fruits for one month out of the year and we dry a little bit of leather for winter treats.

Since writing that linked-to post, we upgraded to an
Excalibur dehydrator to make it more feasible to dry food in our wet climate. But, otherwise, our method of storing summer sunlight is very much the same.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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We're upgrading to an Excalibur this year too, after borrowing the neighbor's for a few years.
Comment by Nita Tue May 24 10:42:23 2016

I just got some organic strawberries today, and with the help of my daughters, we cut them up and froze them. My girls are leaving on a 3 week jaunt cross country for a western adventure. My oldest loves strawberries, and she uses our Excalibur dehydrator (love that thing) for making strawberry roll-ups. I suggested that to her today, so that they could take the roll-ups on their trip. She just wasn't feeling up to it with allergy season in high gear around our parts, but she was all about it. Great snack!

Comment by Michelle Diesterhaft Wed Jun 1 00:04:51 2016

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