Fruit Leather

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fruit leather

One day my friend's Facebook status indicated that her kids were anxiously awaiting their fruit leather to come out of the oven. That got me thinking...

The next thing I knew I was researching how to make fruit leather. I never dreamed how easy it would be! As I read the instructions, I realized all I needed to do was use my apple, pear, or mango butter recipes! You can also use other fruits.

fruit leather

Simply chop them up and remove any seeds or pits. For every 4 cups of fruit, add a cup of water and boil until soft.
Blend. Add any spices, like cinnamon or whatever you like, and add some lemon juice.
Cook about 5-10 min. longer.
Line baking sheet with foil. Spread onto sheet about 1/4 to 1/2 in. thick.
Place in sun to dry for 2-3 days.
You can also cook it in your oven on the lowest setting until it dries out, about 6 hours.

I chose the sun to save on gas and it worked great! After it dries out, simply peel the foil from the leather. This is a little tricky. Just make sure the leather is completely dried out. Then lay it on plastic wrap and roll it up. Just like a fruit roll up!

If you choose fruits that are fresh and naturally sweet, then you probably won't have to add any sugar. That's what I did. My kids (and myself) get a great on-the-go snack, without added sugar!

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3 comments

  1. this is a great idea!! Awesome photos too btw

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  2. Mmmmm!! Way to use that solar energy! (How do you keep the flies and bugs away?)

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  3. I have wanted to make fruit leather for ages. I don't think I could make it here in Arkansas without using the oven. There's too many bugs and critters! :) Just stumbled onto your blog through BlogHer, and I thought I'd say hello. I've known several people over the years who were involved in YWAM (I grew up around Springdale, AR), and we currently have friends who have adopted (or are in the process) of adopting from Uganda. Anyway, great blog, and nice to "meet" you. :)

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