Naturally Sweet Strawberry Hearts
1 quart strawberries
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Wash and pat dry strawberries. *If you can do this earlier in the day, leaving the strawberries out on the counter for an hour or two will allow any residual moisture to evaporate.*
Take each strawberry and cut off the leaves by making two diagonal cuts like this:
Remove the top and you should have a heart shape:
Turn the strawberry on it's side and cut in half vertically:
Repeat with your other strawberries and place them on a cooling rack, on top of a cookie sheet:
Take a pinch of salt and sprinkle over the top of the berries to help extract more liquid.
Bake for 3-4 hours, opening the oven every 30 minutes or so to allow the evaporating moisture to escape.
Some strawberries will be more heart-shaped than others, but you should get some good ones for snacking. Other uses: decorating the top of a bowl of cereal or oatmeal, garnish for a dessert, a topping for pancakes or even on top of a spinach salad.
However you eat them, just try to pop one in your mouth without a smile on your face!