Eating Healthy on a Budget

Monday, October 24, 2011

Easy Fruit Leather

Fruit Leather
2 Ibs fruit* (8 cups)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

*I used a big mixture of grapes, plums, nectarines, strawberries, raspberries, pears and ANYTHING else that I needed to use up!

Remove stems and pits. Place in a large pot and add enough water to cover fruit. Bring to a boil and let boil for 15-20 minutes. Strain fruit. Transfer fruit to a blender or food processor; cover and puree. *You can add 2-4 tbls sugar at this point if you have tart fruit or under ripe fruit.

TO BAKE IN OVEN: Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper. Spread fruit mixture evenly onto parchment paper. Bake at 200° for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours or until fruit leather feels slightly sticky. Cool completely.
Transfer fruit leather to a new 15-in. x 10-in. sheet of parchment paper. Roll up leather in parchment paper jelly-roll style, starting with a short side (do not unroll). Cut into six 1-1/2-in. pieces.

TO BAKE IN DEHYDRATOR: My dehydrator has trays and rubbery wax pieces of paper for fruit leather. Just pour the mixture onto the trays lined with the rubber sheets, spread until very thin and dehydrate on medium-high for 4-6 hours.  You'll know it's done when you press with your finger and it remains clean. If the fruit comes off on your finger it is not done. Peel off the sheets and slice with knife into squares. Place the pieces into a gallon size bag.

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