Preparing Fruit Leathers

Fruit Leathers are tasty chewy candy-like products (tasty variation of dried fruits) which are made by pureeing almost any type of fresh fruits in a blender or food processor.

The fruit puree can be sweetened with honey or corn syrup, and spices, nuts, or coconut flakes can be sprinkled on top.

The thick pureed fruit is poured onto a dehydrator tray lined with 4 mil food grade plastic and dried. The puree layer should not be more than 1/4-inch thick. Leave about 1 inch border around the puree to allow for spreading during drying.

It usually takes 6 to 8 hours to dry fruit leathers. Fruit Leathers can be eaten as is, or they can be reconstituted and used in many dishes. They will keep longest in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Did You Know?
Fruit leather is made by drying thin layers of pureed fruit in the oven or dehydrator. Sometimes called fruit rolls or taffies, fruit leathers make delicious, wholesome and nutritious high-energy snacks for backpackers, campers and active children. They are relatively light in weight, easy to prepare and a good way to use left-over canned fruit and slightly over-ripe fresh fruit.

Fruit leathers can be eaten as is, or made into a beverage by combining 5 parts water with 1 part leather in a food blender. They also can be used in pie fillings, in cooking and as a dessert topping. Most fruit or combinations of fruits can be used.

Apricots, apples, grapes, berries, bananas, pineapples, oranges, pears, peaches, plums, melons, and most tropical fruits can be blended and dried to make fruit leathers. Grapefruit and lemons are not recommended because they turn bitter when dried.