I borrowed my dad’s food dehydrator with the intention of making some dried fruit and fruit leather for the kids.
That was more than 6 months ago. After reading about making homemade fruit leather, I decided it was time to try it myself.
I made two trays of fruit leather using special fruit leather sheets for my food dehydrator. In one tray, I just dumped in some applesauce I got on sale. In the other tray, I poured in a puree of raspberries from the freezer that we’d picked last summer and some of the applesauce. The apple-raspberry puree seemed a bit tart to me, so I added a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Everything is better with sugar.
Fast forward about 5 hours later. I now know why raspberry is not typically used in fruit leathers. Seeds. I also left it in the dehydrator a little too long, so it wasn’t pliable at all…. think fruit candy instead of roll-ups. Despite the funky texture and crispiness, it tasted good.
The fruit leather made with applesauce was a bit thin, but it was the right consistency and was yummy. I cut this into about 8 small pieces and rolled them up in plastic wrap. The apple-raspberry stuff got broken into chunks and placed in a food storage container.
Homemade fruit leather in the food dehydrator was pretty simple to make, and because I got the raspberries for free, I’m estimating that I only spent about $.60 on applesauce.
I should have put more of the fruit puree in each tray, and it would have been more energy/time efficient to have had at least 2 more fruit leather trays for my dehydrator. (My dehydrator can hold up to 7 trays). Next time I won’t bother with the raspberries – although they did make for a nice color.
Two of my three kids liked them (the third boy is incredibly picky and refuses all fruits and vegetables except french fries), although neither one of them was super excited about them. I thought they tasted good, they were easy to make, and I liked that I knew exactly what ingredients were in my kids’ snacks.
If your kids eat a lot of fruit snacks or fruit leathers, it’s quite easy and very economical to make your own. I still have more to learn, but it’s been fun to experiment.
Do you have a dehydrator? Have you made fruit leather? What things do you make in your dehydrator? Do you have any tips?