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Fresh off the dehydrator: Plums!

Do you like dried fruit?

I dried a couple of batches of Italian Prune Plums last month and just opened a packet up today. They are so good, chewier and not sticky like plums from the store. They are also more flavorful, contain no preservatives and are and a whole lot cheaper. I love canning but drying is my favorite way to preserve Summer just because it is so easy.

I am always amazed when I encounter people who say they don’t like or have never had dried fruit. Neither mom nor Grandma kept candy or stuff like Twinkies around but we always had fruit and dried fruit available for snacks.  Dried foods are also lightweight, easy to store and travel with. Remember those little boxes of raisins? Read the rest of this entry »

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More Goodies from the Kitchen, this time for the humans!

So I bought a flat of pears at Costco, and I really love dried fruit. It is a great way to pack fruit in a lunchbag or briefcase without having to worry about it getting bruised of squished. Packaged dried fruit usually contains sugar or is sulphered so I wouldn’t really recommend it as a diet-friendly fruit replacement. By drying my own I can control exactly what goes in it. I prefer… nothing!

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