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My favorite local organic store has closed, and one of the products we often bought was "Just cherries" (or "Just strawberries", or whatever kind of freeze-dried fruit). I can order it on-line but doing so makes me consider the possibility of buying large quantities of it. My kids love the fruit and it is unsweetened and organic; for some reason most dried cherries seem to be sweetened!<br><br>
I feel like freeze-drief fruit isn't really TF, and yet, if the process doesn't alter the product (that is, I can't find on google anything that lists concerns), why not eat freeze-dried cherries? I'll add that I live in a region with about a 4-month growing season, so fruits have to be brought in during most of the year. We've planted cherry bushes but it'll be a while before we get any amount.<br><br>
I wondered - do you consider freeze-dried OK?
 

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The problem that I have with freeze dried it that you really concentrate the sugars and can eat a lot more of the fruit than you would in it's original state.<br><br>
They are pretty much all sugar, so we have them on rare occasions like long car trips but don't get them regularly because I am concerned about eating too much of any sugar.
 

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That's a good point! The nice thing about the sour cherries is that they're so sour you really can't eat a lot at once. Good argument against getting other fruit tho.
 

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From what I know of the freeze dry process, I really can't imagine how they could be bad - other than the concentrating sugars part. But they shrink less in freeze drying than in dehydrating, so it's not quite as big an issue. That is, drying (freeze or other) doesn't somehow add sugars to the fruit. Basically it shrinks the fruit so it looks like you're eating much less than you are. And since the freeze dried fruit shrinks much less than dehydrating, I think it fools you less. And of course, you could always portion it.<br><br>
Ok, I've got a tub of Just Strawberries right here. The entire tub has 180 calories and 38.4 grams of sugars. That's the *entire tub*. The tub is about 2 cups. Using those facts for comparison, we find that they are the equivalent of slightly over 3 cups of fresh, sliced strawberries.<br><br>
DD2 can eat a whole tub at a sitting (as happened once when I wasn't watching), but they're too danged expensive for that to be a habit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: I usually give her a small bowl at a time, and a tub of them lasts her about a week. So if you figure I'm dividing that tub into approximately six portions, you're talking 6.4 g. of sugars, or the equivalent of about a half cup of strawberries. That would be somewhere around a third cup serving at a time, which is plenty satisfying. And it's better on the teeth than dehydrated fruit, since it's not sticky.<br><br>
I sometimes toss it together with other munchies for trail mixes: crispy nuts, bits of nitrate free jerky, etc. It adds a nice sweet touch.<br><br><br><br>
The one caveat is, it absorbs water from the air. In about a week, they'll be kinda chewy instead of crunchy. This seems to vary by fruit - the strawberries were worse than the bananas on that count. We split a case of bananas and a case of strawberries with a friend, and even without opening them, the strawberries were chewy by the time we got through all the tubs.
 

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I think we'll probably get some fruit - just the cherries, tho, because that's what we love the most. As for storage, thank you for noting that the fruit becomes chewy - it would be a good concern in the summer! However, our location is so dry that we had a tub of cherries open for about 3 weeks and they never got soft... as you might guess, we have very dry skin here!
 
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