Want to get creative with your Homegrown Organic freeze-dried fruit? Check out this fun, kid-friendly fruit leather recipe that’s sure to keep the family’s taste buds happy. Shhhh, you don’t have to tell them that it’s good for them too!
Apple – Grape Fruit Leather
1 cup Homegrown Organic freeze-dried grapes
1 ½ cups Homegrown Organic freeze-dried apples
2 cups water (for reconstituting fruit)
1 cup Organic apple juice
1 Tbs raw honey
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
Place freeze-dried blueberries into a deep sauce pan and cover with 2 cups water (or enough to cover all the fruit), and place on stovetop. Heat fruit until the water comes to a simmering boil and fruit begins to soften (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and drain. Pour blueberry mixture into blender, add raspberries, apple juice, honey, and lemon juice. Blend until well pureed. If you would like to remove the raspberry seeds, you can strain the mixture before drying.
If drying in a conventional oven:
Preheat oven to 200F. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour pureed mixture onto the parchment paper and spread out mixture with spatula until it is about ¼ -3/8” thick (the thinner the layer the shorter the drying time – but if it’s too thin it can become brittle). Place in oven for 4-6 hours or until the leather is slightly tacky and easily pulls away from the parchment paper. Cut into desired length slices or fun shapes!
If drying in a dehydrator:
Pour mixture onto a fruit leather plastic sheet attachment for dehydrator and dry for 8-10 hours at 130-140F until tacky and easily pulls away from the sheet, or per your dehydrator’s specific instructions. Cut into desired length slices or fun shapes!
Fruit leathers will keep sealed in a plastic bag for up to a week. If you refrigerate them, allow to come to room temperature before eating (otherwise they might be too brittle).