Tart Cherry and Rhubarb Fruit Leather

A friend of mine requested that I “do something with rhubarb” for one of my next blog posts.  I asked her what I thought was a reasonable question, “What, do you mean like a cobbler or a crisp?  Something like that?”  By the look on her face, I knew I was way off.  She wanted something different, something unusual and unexpected.  Lucky for her, I didn’t want to make a cobbler or a crisp anyway.  I wanted something different, as well.  I also didn’t want to go to the store.  I wanted to do something with my farmers market rhubarb that didn’t require leaving the house in weather more suited for the depths of hell.  It’s hot here in Nebraska, folks.  H-O-T.  I didn’t want to go outside and I didn’t want to turn my oven up to 350 degrees.  Fear and avoidance kept me in the house and forced me to be creative.

I knew I had some tart cherries in the freezer left over from pie-making, so with giddy anticipation, I swung open the freezer, felt the icy air wash over me, and I searched for the loot.  Eureka!  In the back of the freezer I found one bag of tart cherries, just what I needed to compliment the rhubarb.  I was going to make my own fruit leather.

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