Summer Sweetness: Blueberry Fruit Leather

July 15, 2014

Blueberry Fruit Leather

From The Farming Wife

Fruit leather is a healthy snack when done right. There is no need to add weird additives and colorings. Your family will love the flavor of real blueberry fruit leather, and you will be happy to know that they are enjoying one of Maine's finest foods. 
4 cups of pureed blueberries makes 8-12 servings. 2 1/2 cups covers an 18X14 inch area, 1/4 inch thick.
1 Cover your drying trays or baking sheets with food grade plastic wrap. If your dehydrator comes with special sheets for the trays, use those.
2 Wash fruit and remove any blemishes
3 Puree the fruit in a blender until smooth. If your puree is too thick, add water by the Tablespoon. 
4 Taste puree and add honey 1 Tablespoon at a time to sweeten, if desired. 
5 Spread puree onto prepared trays to a thickness of 1/8 inch in the center and 1/4 inch. The edges dry quicker than the center, and the extra puree is necessary to get an even drying finish. 
6 Dry fruit leather at 135 degrees in a food dehydrator or 140 degrees in a conventional oven. The fruit leather should be pliable and leather-like with no stickiness in the center.
7 Roll warm fruit leather still attached to the plastic, into a roll. Leave the rolls whole, or cut them into pieces with scissors. Store the rolls in a plastic bag or an airtight container.

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