Yesterday we canned peaches and today I want to share with you how to make fruit leather that is fresh year round. When I first tried fruit leather I couldn’t do that many batches, because it takes about 12 hours in the dehydrator. Instead I decided to freeze the mix and try using it another time. It worked great! About each month I would thaw a bag out and dehydrate it and we had leather year round!
Here is how you make it. First, peel your fruit and while you are peeling it, keep it in water that has a little bit of fruit fresh in it so that the fruit doesn’t get brown.
Next strain the fruit.
Then add fruit to your food processor or blender.
The recipe for making fruit leather is:
5 cups pureed fruit
5 tsp Fruit-Fresh
¼ – ½ cup sugar, if needed
After you mix the fruit, fruit fresh, and sugar you can add it to your trays and put them in your dehydrator. Or you can save the mix in a gallon sized freezer bag. Turn the top of the bag inside out. This helps reduce the mess.
Pour the fruit into the bag, I do one batch per bag.
Then seal the bag up with as little air as possible.
Then you just freeze the bags. I lay them one on top of one another in the freezer and make sure they are nice and smooth.
Once they are frozen they don’t take up a lot of space and they can be turned any way or stacked upright.
When we run out of fruit leather I just thaw another bag out and make a new batch, all with my free summer produce!
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