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Fruit Leather
(Fruit Roll Ups)
Without a dehydrator

4 cups fresh fruit, any kind except bananas
1 envelope unflavored Knox Gelatin
2 tsp. Fruit Fresh for subtle-flavored fruit like apples, melons,
kiwifruit or berries or 2 tsp. lemon juice for stronger flavored
fruit such as peaches, pineapple, or citrus
sugar to taste

Prepare a cookie sheet that has sides on it. Line it with cling
wrap that you have sprayed with a light coat of cooking spray.
One without sides will work, but can be very messy. Clean your
fruit of all stems, pits, and bad spots. Peeling is optional,
depending on the fruit (you would want to peel citrus, or pineapple,
for example, unless you have a Blender). Puree fruit until it is
smooth. There will be lots of pulp, and that is what gives your
fruit leather it's texture.

Heat the puree over a low temp until it just barely bubbles. Add
your lemon juice or Fruit fresh and then your gelatin. Add only
enough sugar to taste (I usually don't add any, but to each their
own.) Quickly pour out on the cookie sheet and spread if needed.
Let sit in oven overnight. Do not bake. Check in the morning,
you are looking for drying at the edges. It will take several days
(like three or four). Keep checking for mould, and if the center
puddles up too much (gets thicker, so it can't dry well) then spread
some of the middle out toward the edges.

When finished, this should be dry to the touch in all places, and
should want to lift from the pan (on the wrap) in one flexible
piece. The wrap should peel away from the fruit leather easily.
Cut into strips or squares or whatever you like. I find that a
pair of kitchen shears does this very nicely. Will store well,
wrapped in cling wrap and put into a container with a tight fitting
lid.


Fruit Roll Ups
With a dehydrator

4 cups fresh fruit, any kind except bananas
1 envelope unflavored Knox Gelatin
2 tsp. Fruit Fresh for subtle-flavored fruit like apples, melons,
kiwifruit or berries OR 2 tsp. lemon juice for stronger flavored
fruit such as peaches, pineapple, or citrus
sugar to taste.

Prepare your dehydrator trays (2). Line each with cling wrap that
you have sprayed with a light coat of cooking spray. If you have
the fruit roll up trays, lightly spray those instead. Set aside.
Clean your fruit of all stems, pits, and bad spots. Peeling is
optional, depending on the fruit (you would want to peel citrus,
or pineapple, for example, unless you have a Blender). Puree fruit
until it is smooth. There will be lots of pulp, and that is what
gives your fruit leather it's texture. Heat the puree over a low
temp until it just barely bubbles. Add your lemon juice or Fruit
fresh and then your gelatin. Add only enough sugar to taste (I
usually don't add any, but to each their own.)

Remove Puree from heat and keep stirring until it begins to thicken
a little. Quickly pour out on the trays and spread if needed.
Place trays into your machine and set the temp for midway to
mid-lowest range. (if you don't have a temp control, open the
vents completely). This should dry overnight. When finished, this
should be dry to the touch in all places, and should want to lift
from the try (or the wrap) in one flexible piece. Cut into strips
or squares or whatever you like. I find that a pair of kitchen
shears does this very nicely. Will store well, wrapped in cling
wrap and put into a container with a tight fitting lid. I can't
say how long, since the kids don't let them stick around more than
a week or so at my house.

Two things to be aware of: Flavored Jello will not give you the
same results. The leather will be more brittle and will not keep
for more than four or five days after it is dried. You can use
the same piece of wrap that you lined your pan or trays with if
you cut the pieces while the wrap is still on the fruit leather.
Saves throwing away this extra piece. The wrap doesn't keep it
from spoiling, but keeps the pieces from sticking to each other.

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