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Friday, August 17, 2012

Hot Summer Days Are Perfect Weather For ...

making fruit leather.
raspberry, spicy peach, peach fruit leather

If you have an abundance of fruit and need a way to preserve it without heating up the kitchen, you could make a tasty treat for your storage pantry.

All you need is flavorful perfectly ripe fruit.

If the fruit has thick skin, peel it first.  Then chop and place in a pan.  Using a stick blender, puree.  Taste to see if it needs any sweetener.  You can use a little honey or cane sugar.  Barely heat to preserve the enzymes (keep it under 100F).

I added a little cinnamon and cloves to one batch of peach.

If using berries with lots of seeds, pass the puree through a sieve using the back of a spoon.

fruit puree ready, spread thin and it's ready for the shed
Have your cookie sheets lined with lightly oiled parchment paper.  Pour the puree and tilt the pan to help spread the mixture.

Put the pans in a nice warm garden shed (without funky garden chemicals) and leave for a day or two until dry to the touch and a bit leathery feeling.  You could also dry it in the oven on the lowest setting for a few hours.

If you use apples, I think they will need a little more cooking time to turn into a puree.

When leather is very dry, you can roll it up in the parchment paper, or remove and cut with a pizza wheel into strips.  Store loosely in a jar or parchment rolled inside a zip lock bag.


Sue said...

Wasn't that HAY you're supposed to make when the sun shines? LOL!
Those look delicious. And good for you-good combo!

Sandy said...

Fruit leather makes for a healthy quick snack. I love being able to grab one and go work in the garden.
The best part about these fruit leathers, you know exactly what's inside them!!!
Have a beautiful day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They look tasty. I will have to try this someday.

Star said...

How very curious. I've never ever heard of it before. What do you do with the leathers next?

Mrs. Mac said...

@ Star. You can take a few pieces of fruit leather in your lunch or on a hike. Eat it in place of fresh fruit.

Kim Gibson said...

I was lucky enough to try all three flavors, and they were all delicious! Thank you!!!

Wendy said...

I'm going to do this with our abundance of apples from our apple picking weekend. It's fun and all to pick them...until you realize you've bought 50 pounds!