Our kids aren’t sweet teeth; they don’t give much about candy. But they do love all kinds of fruit! Also dried fruits. We dry plums in the solar dryer, but peaches or strawberries are not suitable for drying. So we make fruit leather with them.
Fruit leather or fruit gums are just dried pureed fruit. No added sugar, no colors or taste enhancers, no preservatives (as if these delicious things would last longer than a week!) or other chemicals. And the recipe, again, is simple!
– Make a puree of your ripe fruit
– spread it on wax sheet or baking paper
– dry it softly (57° Celcius is the best) & slowly in about 5 hours (+ or – 1 hour)
You can think of strawberries, apples or a leather made of plums, or even a puree of tomatoes with oregano. Or mix bananas with peaches, pears with cherries… everything is possible!
Of course you could also add sugar or honey or stevia, but it’s not neccesary with ripe fruit.
We cook on a wood stove so keeping the oven on for 5 hours is no problem. But if your oven works on electricity, you might consider other options. If you have a central heating system you might use that, or something else that’s warm & already on. (don’t take the 57° too serious!)
I’m looking forward to make fruit leathers in our solar dryer next year.
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