Before the storm, I had taken pictures and mentally written a whole different post. We made a trip down to the fig tree and picked a big batch of figs. We also picked a few apples and blended up a few batches of puree. Now I have to warn you. This is not a pretty sight.
I don’t know what color I was expecting but it really turned out…. tan. However if you closed your eyes it tasted delicious. We spread the puree on silpats and loaded up the dehydrator. We had so many figs picked we even made a few sheets of sliced figs to load up the dehydrator.
They looked so pretty here. Sadly about 2 hours after we fired up the dehydrator, the power went out. We unplugged the dehydrator and just didn’t look because without water what are you really going to do. If you thought the fruit leather looked unappetizing before imagine it with a nice layer of white mold…. ewww! The garage smelled sickeningly sweet and a little like wine. Fortunately my wonderful husband dealt with the fig carnage and after several scrubbings and a soak in lemon juice my silpats are almost good as new.
Besides the heart breaking demise of the fruit leather, we only had a few other casualties in the storm. We lost limbs off of the pecan trees and a couple scrappy pines fell. Fortunately they didn’t land in the road so we can take our time dealing with those. The saddest mistake was that we had storm windows leaning against the side of the house. Two fell and broke so we will be making a trip to the glass store soon.
After seeing the damage other places, we are happy we were safe and the damage here was minor. Hopefully the weather will be less eventful for a while and we can get caught up on all we need to get done.