Monday, June 30, 2014

Easy Fruit Leather Recipe

I am always looking around for ways to preserve our produce. Over the last 2 years I have tried many recipes. Some have been more successful than others and that is ok. It is all about learning.

The other day I picked 12 pounds worth of strawberries at a local farm. I look forward now for the last 2 years in a row going with my soon to be sister in law talking about how we like our new tradition. This is a day I look forward to and enjoy spending with her.

I have learned how to place the strawberries just so that I can fit many strawberries. After making 16 half pints of jam I still had more strawberries! I had found a few recipes for fruit leather and decided to give it a try. I made some
before but lost the recipe. Well I just looked through the pantry and came up with this easy recipe. 

Strawberry & Peach Fruit Leather

2 cups puréed strawberries ( about 1 quart )
1 cup puréed peach ( about 4 peaches) 

Destem about a quart strawberries and place into blender. I used my Ninja and it worked just fine. You could use food processor to  purée strawberries. 

Turn on the blender until smooth. 

I then cut up the peaches and took the skin off of 2 of them. My blender does not like the skin on the blade and complains ( yes it complains :)) 

Turn on the blender like before until smooth.

This is what mine looked like after blending. I did not add anything else to the blender. I wanted it to be only fruit nothing more, nothing less. 

There are two different ways you can dehydrate the fruit. 

If you do not have a dehydrator you can use your oven. Set the oven at 135 degrees and pour mixture onto parchment paper. Let it bake for 12 hours. It should not be crispy but like leather. 

I use the dehydrator. Last year my parents found me this jewel for my birthday.  It works nicely for our family. 

The dehydrator came with what I call the fruit leather trays. ( excuse the non manicured garden hands :))  These work perfect for this recipe.

Just place the tray on the rack and pour the mixture. I do not put anything under it because I do not want it to be sticky. The leather will come off once you start pulling ( gently). 

I bring my dehydrator to the basement and plug it in so I do not have to listen to it for 12-13 hours. Set at 135 degrees. I love my dehydrator because it has it has an automatic shut off. 

I will check it around 12 hours but set it for 13 if I forget. 

Once it is done it will look like leather and I just roll it up into strips and put into a mason jar. They usually only last 3 days in our house. 

Another recipe I used and did not picture was a quart of apple sauce I canned and a quart of strawberries. Same process as above. 

Enjoy! Let me know what you think of the recipe and any suggestions or combinations. 


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