Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fruit Leather

Fruit Leather....
"What is it?" This is what most people or kids that I give it to say. Well it is like a fruit roll up, remember those sticky, chewy, round thin rolls of what was supposed to be fruit you could peel off a piece of plastic that we used to eat when we were little? Well they are like that only...better and better for you!
This batch was strawberry.

1. First I blended 2 quarts of cleaned, trimmed strawberries with 1/2 cup of honey.
This filled the tray 1 and 1/2 times...

2. I poured it into the food dehydrator, and went to bed! 
I used the solid sheet that it comes with for making fruit rolls.

3. 8 to 15 hrs later, when there is no sticky wet spots left, I cut it into strips, wrapped them in soy wax paper and stored them in a mason jar.

I also did this with blueberries.  My verdict...First of all the blueberries one go over done, so keep checking it. It was still edible but chewier. My husband Warren liked it in his lunch, because he could eat some fruit with out having to actually eat fruit on the job site with is tough (I guess?) .  I think you use way to much fruit to make way to little fruit leather, I could eat that whole fruit roll in one sitting (I wouldn't) but its not like it is filling, so it is not that satisfying, so I tend to eat more of it.  It was a nice snack while it lasted and it taste amazing! Not to mention there is NO JUNK in it! Also it was supper easy to make. 

Not sure if i will do it again with locally grown fresh fruit.  I would however make it with fruit that is on sale off season, or from somewhere like BJ's wholesale club for Warren's lunch.


  1. I totally agree that it takes a lot of fruit. i have to hide them away from the kids for the winter or they would be gone in one sitting!

  2. This is great and so simple to make.

    I am going to give it a try.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. we grow berries & make these every summer, i add gelatin to mine to make them smoother & chewy. we use them on our nature, beach, camping,car trips