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I’ve been so busy with Totoro that I am just now realizing that next week needs to be Halloween Bentos! I’ll get back to homemade pocky once the skeletons and spiders have left my kitchen and returned to their off-season lair. I dehydrated strawberries yesterday and today so I am prepared to create amazing Japanese snacks, but Halloween bento is the priority. I’ll try to plan smart and create less complicated lunch menus for Halloween week so that I’m not exhausted come the big day. Scary=simple. My kids will be so excited!
So my first attempts at dehydrating strawberries in the oven were successful. My method would be torturous in the summer, so I am glad this drive to produce pocky hit me when it did. The oven was on for hours for two days. To prepare the strawberries for their long stint in the heat, I first removed the tops, then sliced them (thin is better, faster results) and placed them on a cookie sheet. I managed to fit about 1 1/2 pints per batch. I preheated the oven to 170, its lowest temp and let the strawberries sit in the low heat, checking about every hour until the top sides were dry enough that I scraped each berry up and flipped it over to encourage faster dehydration. My oven is a dinosaur so perhaps that explains why it took 7 hours per batch to dehydrate. I was expecting a four hour process. Last night went on much longer than planned due to this unexpected deviation. But now step one of the homemade pocky process is complete and we can focus on Halloween Bentos!