Making Fruit Leather

10_20_2015_05I’m using my fancy new dehydrator to make stuff! The easiest thing to do with it is obviously dry herbs and flowers, but the next easiest thing is to make fruit leather. Last year I made a ton of apple sauce and stored it all in the pantry. I didn’t end up eating that much of it, so I’m excited that this solution came up as a way to use it. And so tasty! Here goes:

10_20_2015_0210_20_2015_04 10_20_2015_03Start by blending up some fruit. To make applesauce last year I just cut our apples into chunks and heated them on the stove until they were smashed and broken down, then used an immersion blender to make it really smooth. No sugar, no nothing. Just apples. Line your dehydrator trays with parchment paper, then take your pureed fruit and spread a layer onto it. You want it to be a kind of thick layer, too thin and it will become crispy and flaky when dried. This layer is about a quarter of an inch and it could stand to be thicker.

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I turned the dehydrator to the fruit setting and left it for a few hours before it was dried. You’ll be able to tell by looking at it that it’s ready, but the sure test is to peel up the edge. It should all come up in one piece, ideally without tearing.

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Move it to a cutting board and chop it into pieces and store in a tight container. That’s it! So easy, so good!!

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