Today's Green Tip: Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather
Fruit Leather Recipe
- Lemon juice
- Sugar (if needed)
**4 cups of fruit yield about one sheet of fruit leather
- Preheat the oven to the lowest setting or 120 degrees...the lowest my oven would go was 170 degrees.
- Rinse the berries and cut of the green tops. Cut the berries into quarters if they are large berries.
- If the berries are sweet you will not need to add much sugar, but if they are tart you will need to add a bit more.
- Place the berries in a covered saucepan on medium heat. Pour in 1/2 c. water for every 4 cups of fruit. Bring the berries to a simmer and let them cook down for 10-15 minutes until the fruit is soft.
- Use a potato masher to mash the fruit that is left in the pan until fairly smooth. (Or wait for the mixture to cool a bit and put it in your food processor or blender.) If you kiddos are sensetive to the seeds, you could strain the mixture through cheesecloth to remove the strawberry seeds.
- Add sugar 1 tsp. at a time until desired sweetness and lemon juice to taste I added 1/2 c. sugar and the juice from 1/2 of a lemon to give it some real zing.
- Simmer fruit until sugar is completely disolved and the mixture has thickened (about 5 or 10 minutes more).
- 8. Spray a baking sheet lightly with cooking spray and line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Pour the strawberry mixture onto the lined baking sheet until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick or so.
- 9. Bake in the low temperature oven for as long as it takes for the puree to dry out (between 8 and 12 hours) and not be sticky to the touch...ours took 6.5 hours since it was at a higher temp.
- 10. Let the fruit leather cool. Then as you take the leather up, tightly roll it, plastic wrap and all as you would do cinnamon rolls.
- 11. Then cut the leather into desired widths.
- 12. Store the homemade "fruit roll ups" in airtight containers or plastic baggies.