|I realized the other day that we've had our food dehydrator since we got married. It was a gift from Mark's parents- either for a bridal shower or our wedding, I forget which. Either way, it has been happily drying fruit for us for 15 years!|
My mom always used to do this with our prunes while we were growing up, so that's how I learned you could make your own fruit leather. It's so simple. After washing and pitting the prunes, just puree them in the blender. (You can use any fruit, I imagine. We've done prunes, pears, apples, peaches- or a combination of those. Currently we're doing just prunes since that's what we have right now.) Then pour it out onto a tray (I rub it first with coconut oil so it will come off easily), smooth it out evenly, and dry for 8-10 hours (overnight!) and then peel it off in sections and wrap it up in saran wrap.
It is time-consuming~ doing it in batches (we only have 3 of the fruit leather trays, and one other tray for the dried prunes themselves). But still: worth it. Easy-peasy! (Ella has taken over and is doing them now, and the other kids like helping, too.) And ta-da! Free, healthy snacks for the kids.