"Girls we have chickens at home...don't you want to come over here and pick more strawberries...girls?"
"Ok, you're sure? Just checking because we can totally go back to getting my to do list done if you want."
When we got home, I just couldn't bare the thought of boiling the strawberries. I also kind of didn't want to freeze them. After resigning to the fact that I wasn't going to get a year's worth of strawberries out of the season I figured I may buy organic frozen strawberries and didn't want my precious picked beauties to get lost in the shuffle. After hemming and hawing and talking to my friend, I decided to make fruit leathers out of them! It's practically like eating them raw! (Nutritionally speaking, of course).
This is the first batch. I think I didn't put in enough puree.The next batch came out more leathery. I used my canning head-space measurer thingy to check the thickness of the puree. I found that I did have to flip it to dehydrate a couple of patches on the underside that just didn't want to dry. All in all a success.