Have Extra Fruit Laying Around?
I was shocked when I found out how EASY fruit leather was to make. I was even happier when I realized there is just a bit of honey for sweetness added. I used strawberries here since we have so many available in August!
You will need:
4 cups fresh strawberries trimmed
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
cookie sheet or baking dish
Process: In a high powered blender place your strawberries, honey, and lemon juice. Blend on high until smooth and liquid. I took my parchment paper and crinkled it up so that it is more pliable to mold into the cookie sheet or baking dish. Make sure that the parchment goes up the sides of either option. Pour a thin layer of the mixture that covers the bottom of the dish. Place in your oven at the lowest setting, mine was 170 degrees. You can absolutely use a food dehydrator. I can’t say exactly how long since oven settings can vary and it depends on how thin or thick you pour your fruit out. It took me three hours at full 170 degrees but twice I turned off the oven and did not open the door and left the house. I highly recommend checking it periodically towards the end so that it doesn’t get too crispy but instead pliable. The edges may become a little brittle compared to the center, you can trim those areas off.
When done I cut 2 inch strips the length of the leathers and rolled them up. The kids were super excited to peel them off and eat them immediately! They did not last more than two days because my kiddos inhaled them but it was a healthy and fun treat. They will last a week or two in a airtight container but I am pretty sure they will be long gone before they go bad.