For us, one of the glorious parts of the Spring season are the Pontchatula Strawberries. They hit our market in the small neighborhood produce stands early April. We purchase a 1/2 flat every 5 or 6 days and enjoy with (with plenty of whipped cream) at breakfast, lunch and dinner almost every day. It is an important part of our Spring ritual. We typically go on vacation right after Jazz Fest and are no here to see the end of the season; it's just over when we return.
I stopped for a half flat on Wednesday and the woman at the stand told me the season was almost over; she didn't expect them to run through the week; it's just getting to warm. So, I jumped into immediate action and instead of buying a half flat, purchased two flats. Brought them home, and Beau & I spent quality bonding time, elbow to elbow, at the kitchen sink cleaning and cutting these end of the season beauties. Then, out came the food dehydrator. We can load almost a 1/2 flat to the dehydrator (4 shelves) at a time and it takes somewhere around 15 hours to dehydrate them. Amazingly enough, 1/2 flat of strawberries dehydrate down to about 4 cups.
I love Spring