Thursday, September 22, 2011

Peach~Nectarine Fruit Leather

Fruit leather just brings back memories of school lunches for me.
It is a really fun snack to make and you can use any variety or combination of fruit!
Right now, we have plenty of peaches and nectarines.
I like to make fruit leather because you can use up the bruised or damaged fruit and the flavor is still wonderful:).

Peach~Nectarine Fruit Leather

About 3 pounds nectarines and peaches {combined}. You can use ANY combination of fruits.
1 TBS lemon juice
1/4 cup honey {this really gives it a great texture and flavor}

Wash your peaches and nectarines really well. Cut into quarters, pit, and put into a pot on low. Use a potato masher to cook down. Add lemon juice and honey.

 When fruit is heated through and it looks fairly mashed, put into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Oil the inserts for your dehydrator. Pour puree onto dish 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Smooth out evenly with a spoon.

 Dry at 135 degrees until leathery and pliable...about 6-7 hours.

 Make sure there are no sticky spots in the center. 
While fruit leather is still warm, cut and roll in wax paper.
I just use scissors to cut even pieces.

Store in glass jars and use as a quick pick me up during the day!
This recipe is sooo delicious...sweet and a bit tangy at the same time!




~Kristin~ said...

My kiddos would love this.
Buying the healthy version can be very expensive!
Thanks for the tutorial!

CW said...

Why do you heat the fruit? Unless I really ration it, it doesn't last long around here!:)

Julia said...

Hi Beth! I heat the fruit so that the honey melts in :). I also just like the consistency of the puree when heated and blended. Your fruit leather lasted about a day at our was so good:).


anand said...

I am also a organic farmer wannabe..:)..your's is the kind of life i want to have..working towards buying some land.

really like the way you post about preserving different produce. about your adding honey while cooking, I have read in ayurveda that honey should always be added after it is taken off the fire. it seems heating honey takes away some of its benefits. I do not know if you believe in ayurveda, but thought i said tell you this.

Gina said...

I've been wanting to try some fruit leather. Your directions are excellent! You give me the courage to try it!

Justine said...

I'm brand new to your site, and don't have or know anything about dehydrators. Is there any way to make this without one?

Amber said...

I'm loving all of this great information! We are planting are summer garden and now I know how to make it last all year.

Jennifer said...

It's like a homemade (healthy) fruit roll up! Thanks for sharing!

xo Jennifer

Robert said...

Anybody tried to see how long these will last if vacuum packed?

Robert said...

Anybody tried to see how long this will last if vacuum packed?

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