Once August arrives, its time for drying. Most people who have fruits trees spend their summer canning or making jams with the fruit- but not us- We dry everything we don't eat. My boys tend not to like canned fruits, so why waste my time canning. Drying is a whole lot easier, plus Dan enjoys doing it, so he does most of the work. You start by using very ripe fruit, usually just cut it in half. Then they are placed on a wooded tray ready to go in an enclosed area. Ours is home made with just a painters canvas over the top. Once the trays of fruit are placed in the enclosure we place a small
can of sulfur on the dirt inside and light it on fire. Then close up the enclosure.
The sulfur acts as a preserveative plus keeps the fruit from turning brown. Once the sulfur has burned up the fruit comes out and is placed on tables for a couple of day until they are just right.
There is something about a table lined with trays of fruit that just makes me smile!