WWLID: What would Laura Ingalls Do?

I’m still on a bit of a pioneer kick and as the wind whips against the window panes and the air turns colder, my thoughts are turning to winter, using up what precious fresh market produce I have left and making it last.
While I won’t have the burden of hiking through 6 feet of snow to shoot jack rabbits, I’d like to eat an apple in the middle of the winter and not pay $2.39 a pound for a mealy, squishy, overall bad apple. At times like this, I ask myself, “What would Laura Ingalls do?” How would Laura eat an apple in February without one of those big box stores that now roam the high prairie in greater numbers than jack rabbits?
Thus, today was my first attempt at making dried fruit from scratch. No more mealy, squishy apples in winter; no more $4.00 for a bag of air and sulfur dioxide.
Want to try too? It was super easy!
Dried Fruit
Fruit of choice
1 lemon
12 cups water
1. Wash or peel fruit, then pit or core if applicable. Slice larger fruits into thin slices.
2. Soak in lemon water for a few minutes while oven pre-heats at 90-150 deg-F
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place in a single layer, not touching.
4. Place trays in oven and wait several hours. Resist the urge to turn up the heat.

5. Let sit out over night (at least 12 hours) before packing away in air-tight containers

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Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.

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