Kids love fruit roll ups. I do not. They are filled with yucky things such as high fructose corn syrup, and dyes. There is no need for any of this. You can make fruit leather, which tastes just like roll-ups with 100% fruit. You don’t even need any special equipment. If you have some fruit that is starting to get soft, or you have some freezer burned fruit, use it to make your fruit leather.
I have made it using three different recipes and three different methods. It’s fun and yummy.
First Method and Recipe
The first recipe I made I used those elderberries I discussed in an earlier post.
I also used an apple, a pear, some freezer burn strawberries, some fresh strawberries and a little bit of apple juice to make the mixture the right consistency.
Put the ingredients into the blender
and blend until it’s the consistency of a thick milkshake. Don’t be afraid to taste it. If it doesn’t taste good now, it won’t taste good as fruit leather. Make any adjustments needed, such as more apple for sweetness.
With this recipe, I used a dehydrator with a fruit leather insert. Not very creative, but it works well.
Spread it out so the mixture is about 1/4 inch thick. Set the dehydrator to 145 degrees and let it run overnight (about 8 to 10 hours). When the leather is done, it will be slight tacky (like me), a little shiny, and much like a fruit roll-up.
Second Method and Recipe
As it is fall, and the pumpkin season, I made a pumpkin-apple leather. It was an experiment, and I think it turned out well.
I used about a cup of pumpkin puree, an apple, a pear, pumpkin pie spice and some apple juice for the consistency.
Blend this until it is the same consistency as before. Add apple juice as needed to reach that consistency. Here’s an action shot:
I used a dehydrator, but I did not use the fruit leather insert. I simply laid parchment paper over the rack. I poke a hole in the middle to ensure air flow. I let the wax paper hang over the sides. I wasn’t worried about that.
Pour the mixture as before, set the dehydrator for 145 degrees, and let dehydrate overnight. Same as before.
This method worked fine, but I prefer the first method by far.
Third Method and Recipe
This method uses things you probably already have in your home. All you need is an oven, a cookie sheet and some parchment paper.
I had some freezer burnt blueberries, so I decided to make a blueberry fruit leather. I also added fresh strawberries and some apple juice.
I blended it:
Cover a cookie sheet with a lip on the side with parchment paper.
Pour your mixture on to the sheet
Spread this out with a spoon (similar to the above methods).
Place it in an oven heated to 170 degrees. Let this dehydrate overnight, opening the door slightly a few times before you go to sleep to let some of the steam out.
In the morning you will have fruit leather. Peal the parchment off the fruit leather and tear into pieces.
Store in mason jars and enjoy!!
The first method is preferred. Followed by the third method. I don’t think I will do the second method again. But if you don’t have a dehydrator, give the third method a try. You and your kids will both really enjoy this nutritious treat.