Hi all, my name is Cindy and I also purchased the HR FD in October. We live in Southern Nevada where 8 months of the year we are using a swamp cooler which has proven interesting with the foods I've freeze dried. I have read all the previous post and must say THANK YOU for the wonderful information and pictures from each of you! I have completed several fruits, veggies and cooked meats and have yet only had 2 fails which was pineapple and mango, even though I'm sure there are more to come. Luckily, it was only a tray of each thanks to all of your post on what not to do. My first question, I thought someone posted but can not find it now, about blackberries. Is it best to cut in half or leave whole? Thank so much!