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Monday, 15 July 2013

Experimenting with the strawberry surplus

 This is the first time that I've had more strawberries than I could easily eat so I was wondering what to do with them all. The obvious thought with any fruit is 'make jam'. Well, any jam I make is more likely to be eaten by Hubby, and I like those breakfast cereals with dried fruity bits....so.... here's my attempt at dried strawberry pieces.

 First I tried them on the grill, as I've done with apple pieces - but with the hot weather this week, the main oven underneath hasn't been used much.

So, here's my new idea.
Spread the strawberries out on a baking tray and leave out in the scorching sun to dry.
This is, after all, how it's done in warmer places. Hopefully this week it will work here.


  1. Hopefully it will work, I don't see why it shouldnt. Although I have to say that strawberry pieces never appeal to me as they are too chewy and I don't quite know what to do with them. Maybe you have some recipes.......?

    1. I'm hoping to use them with breakfast cereals - sort of like Special K Red Berries or Jordans Country crisp - by soaking them a little before hand. First though, they have to keep that long. My dried apple rings turn mouldy very quickly.