In general, we like to only buy fruit in season. So, we try to find creative ways to store and package it to last us through the long, cold, fruit-less winter months of Michigan. We live in cherry country, and since we all adore sweet cherries, I try to dry a couple (well, more than a couple) pounds of them every summer for long term use.
Yesterday, I went to check on my precious dehydrating cherries and discovered that my beloved dehydrator had breathed it's last breath. It was still on, and hot, and trying to cook/rot my cherries at record speed.
We quick pulled the cherries and tossed them in the freezer. They'll make a nice cobbler eventually, but now what will I do about my dried cherry shortage? No cherry oatmeal cookies? No cherries in granola? No cherries in homemade oatmeal packets?! Ahhhh! I could try the oven, but I'm afraid that my non-central air conditioned dwelling would get warm enough to cause a mutiny if I did. I could air dry them, but I'm kind of afraid of the fruit fly problem. Boo. Hmpf. I can't just run out and buy a new one. How very unfrugal that would be.