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Tips, Tricks, & Recipes to Make Fruit Leathers Like a Pro
Fruit leather is a chewy, dried fruit product, much like Fruit Roll-ups, that you can make at home with your dehydrator. Fruit leathers are made by pouring puréed fruit onto a flat surface for drying. When dried, the fruit is pulled from the surface and rolled. It gets the name “leather” from the fact that when puréed fruit is dried, it is shiny and has the texture of leather. Loved by kids of all ages, these are easy to make and quite tasty!
Tips, Tricks, & Hacks
For hacks to keep your leathers from sticking, see Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays? Do you have trouble getting your dehydrated foods off the trays? Food high in sugars can be the worse to remove from our trays when dry. Try these simple hacks.
To make Fruit Leather in your oven, see Making Fruit Leathers in Your Oven. If you don’t have a dehydrator, that’s ok; you may be able to still make fruit leather in the oven.
To handle cracks and buckles in your Fruit Leathers, see Cracks in Your Fruit Leathers? If your fruit leather buckles or cracks in the middle, resulting in big fissures instead of remaining one continuous sheet, try these hacks.
To read our best tips & tricks, see Fruit Leather Perfection Secrets.
Fruit Leathers are so easy to prepare with your dehydrator or oven. There are really few things that can go wrong. Many times, all it takes are a few tips from the experts— dehydrating Moms who have found the secret to healthy snacking!
To learn about making generic fruit leathers in general, see Generic Fruit Roll Ups Recipe. Fruit leather can be made from fresh, frozen, or canned fruit (including home canned). The advantages of making your own fruit leathers are to save money use less sugar and to mix fruit flavors. Even leftover fruit pulp from making jelly or smoothies can be blended and made into fruit rolls. Some folks also make it with fruit juices.
Enjoy our recipes—kid-tested and mother-approved!
Colleen E. Bohrer, author
Fruit Leather (Roll-up) Recipes & Hacks
From the archives of 21st Century Simple Living
Publication date: July 27, 2017
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