Posted By Jonathan on June 20, 2013
With the surplus of strawberries this year, we need to find new ways to preserve the fruit. There’s only so much we can eat until they decide to go bad!
We’ve made pie, strawberry shortcake, frozen some, canned 10 pints of jam, and now we’re ready for something new! That new way of preserving is making these delicious little berries into fruit leather.
You know what fruit leather is, right? The delicious, healthy version of ‘fruit roll ups.’ They sell the little strips in the store for about a dollar in the store. They’re pretty good, but why pay for something that you can make yourself?
So, I whipped out my grandfather’s dehydrator to do the job.
1. Puree strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Pour 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch of puree into fruit roll tray.
3. Set dehydrator to 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Plug in and let dehydrate for 4-6 hours.
*Don’t have a dehydrator? That’s ok! Use your oven.. Just line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and process the same in the oven.
There are a few ways of storing the processed fruit leather.
1. Pull leather off the tray. Cut into strips. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
2. Pull leather off the tray. Cut into strips. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several months.
3. Pull leather off the tray. Cut into strips. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a year.
It tastes absolutely fantastic and is a great way to enjoy berries even in the winter without added sugar. 😀