If you have ever bought fruit leather or fruit rollups at the store and looked at the ingredients, you will see just how many preservatives are in them. They can be a really healthy snack for you and your family if you make them yourself. They are actually pretty easy too. Just pick out your favorite fruit to make these tasty treats. It works with pretty much anything, but the best ones to try are plums, apples, oranges, and peaches.
Things You'll Need:ã€€
Spices like cinnamon or nutmeg if desired
What You Will Need to Do:
Chop and rinse the fruit of your choice. Use at least 2 cups of fruit for this recipe. You can use more if you want.
Put the fruit in a saucepan and add 1/4 cup of water for every two cups of fruit.
Bring the fruit to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes or until it is all heated through and the fruit is cooked down. It will look mushy.
Stir it and mash it in the pan when it is cooked through.
Taste the fruit and add sugar and lemon juice to taste. You probably only want to add a little bit at a time so you don't overdo it. With the sugar, go only a tablespoon at a time. With the lemon juice, add a teaspoon at a time
Add in just a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg if you desire.
Simmer a few more minutes until all of the sugar is dissolved and well incorporated.
Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and puree it until it is not chunky at all.
Prepare a baking sheet that has a rim around it by placing a layer of plastic wrap on it. Make sure the plastic wrap goes up the sides as well so the fruit won't touch the pan.
Pour mixture onto plastic wrap so that it is only about 1/4 inch thick.
Bake at 140 degrees until it is dried out and no longer sticky to the touch. It dries out faster if you leave the door of your oven cracked. Bake time varies but it will take a few hours.
When dried, let them cool, then cut them into stips and roll up with plastic wrap. Store them in the refrigerator.