Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Fruit leathers


Recently, my son's school teacher sold me a food dehydrator. I have had it for several weeks, but life kept getting in the way of me trying it out.


This past weekend, I made the time and busted out some fruit leathers. Apple with a hint of cinnamon was the flavor of the day. It was super easy. All you have to do is puree the fruit of your choice. I believe it was 2 cups of pureed fruit. Once you get the pureed fruit spread out on the little plastic tray then you set it into the dehydrator (that has been preheating) and let it stay in there for the amount of time directed. Mine took about 7 hours to dry out. The leathers peel right off the trays as long as you do it while it is still warm. Then all I did was cut it into strips (appx 2 in wide) using the pizza cutter and rolled them up. I placed them in an airtight container and stuck them in the pantry. The kids love them. They are just the right size for snacks and for lunch boxes. Best of all you know exactly what is in them. And it is not high fructose corn syrup. Fresh fruit...that's it.


If you don't have access to a dehydrator, don't worry. You can also do it this way. Try it out...let me know how it goes for ya.

8 comments:

Heather said...

Thank you for the link. I've been considering a dehydrator for quite a while, but just haven't made the leap.

The Expatriate Chef said...

I almost, almost, threw one away when I cleaned out the house over my holiday vacation. You've inspired me to break it out and do some of this will all the summer produce! Thanks!

Gena said...

I've always wanted to try this since my kids love that stuff. But... I didn't want to buy a dehydrator, either. I will try it now, one way or the other.

Frugal Mom said...

Hey guys! Glad you stopped by. Even gladder that you are gonna try out the fruit leathers! I am sure they will be a huge hit!

kerflop said...

oh my gosh! My friend's mom used to make these, I can still taste them. I'm going to give these a try...

Frugal Mom said...

kerflop: Glad you came by. They are pretty good...I must say!

boogiemum said...

Well, I did it. I made a blueberry raspberry mix. They are very yummy. I don't have a dehydrator, so I used the oven method. It worked out great! Thanks for sharing this idea, my kids are so happy, as am I!

Frugal Mom said...

boogiemum: I'm glad that they were a hit at your place. I made some this weekend as well. Strawberry. Very good, too. I think my next try will be to make some banana chips. I bet you could do that in the oven as well.