I'm sure you all know how the scenario played out after that...
I kept forgetting that the berries were in the freezer, so it was a week before I ever got around to making smoothies at all. Ant looked at me like I was a complete lunatic if I thought a smoothie was going to be enough breakfast to even hold him over for the next 20 minutes. Then of course Reli turned up her nose because there were too many "crunchies" (ie. seeds) in hers, and after I went through the trouble of straining them out she still wanted nothing to do with it. This left ME to drink enough smoothie to feed three people, and two almost completely full bags of frozen berries leftover!
Fast forward to this weekend . . .
I haven't bothered to make smoothies since then, and have no idea what to do with the berries that are taking up precious freezer space. Since I have already planned out my post-labor "you won't starve because dinner's in the freezer" meals, the only thing left is to clear out some space, and those berries needed to hit the trail!
What to do? Quick, Pinterest to the rescue!
My brilliant plan was finally just to make a huge batch of fruit leather. Now, I've never made them before, and I know the recipes call for fresh fruit, but I was desperate. I mean how hard could it be to puree up some berry mush and bake it for a few hours? Famous last words...
Long story made longer, I pureed, strained, boiled, spread, and baked 4-5lbs. worth of berries.
Then I baked them some more.
And some more.
2 hour past the "suggested baking time" I finally figured they were done enough, and let them cool.
Later that evening when I started cutting them into strips and wrapping them up, something just didn't seem right. Then it occurred to me. My cookie sheets are probably the furthest thing from flat you've ever seen!
All the goo just kept gathering into a giant un-dry-out-able puddle in the center while the edges turned into something akin to crunchy burnt shoe leather!
Ant's observations - "This kinda tastes like the Natural fruit stuff that they give boy scouts on camping trips."
My translation - "This is about as bad as that dehydrated crap they feed the astronauts!"
Needless to say everything tasted HORRIBLE and ended up going right in the trash.
I think I'll just stick with the super processed fruit roll ups from now on,
but at least the freezer is empty!