It's been a cool and rainy spring, which didn't help the strawberries to ripen. This time last year, we'd been picking for weeks. So when I saw the weather forecast for today (sunny, low 80s), I decided I needed to go and pick some berries.
I headed over to Vaughan's Farm Produce and picked four different kinds of berries. The Albion's are HUGE and I figured the kids would love eating them. The Chandlers are one of the most popular variety grown here in Hampton Roads. The Sweet Charlie's are my favorite for eating (so sweet!), and the Festivals are a firm berry great for canning.
First, I washed them and sent them for a ride in the salad spinner to get as much water off of them as possible.
Lay them on the dehydrator tray. You want them as close together as possible, but in a single layer.