Homemade strawberry fruit leather, a wonderful summer snack for your kids!
Easy to make, perfect for kid’s lunch boxes. R2 & R3 are crazy about strawberries, and I wanted to find a way to preserve the strawberry for a longer duration and still not lose its freshness.
You really do not need a dehydrator, just a regular oven and some Patience :) actually a bit more of patience.
The strawberries I got today were so sweet that I couldn’t resist.You can also find fruit leather snacks at the grocery store but the ingredients are not so healthy.
- 10oz strawberries/ approx 15-20
- 1 tbsp Honey/ Agave nectar/ sugar/optional
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Make fine puree of the strawberry in a blender ,add in the lemon juice and sugar.
- Pour the strawberry puree on a parchment paper on a baking sheet and with the help of a spoon level the puree and spread it. You do not want the puree to be too thick .
- Bake the strawberries in the oven at 175 F. for 3-4 hours. Considering the low temperature and the timing you’re not really baking…you’re dehydrating
- A quick note. Strawberries might have more water or less water hence consider the 3 hours like an average timing and not a final number. You will see that the roll-ups are ready when you will press a finger on the strawberry layer and it will not feel sticky, just a bit tacky and gooey. They will dry up even more once cooled down. Do not over bake or the fruit leather will be too crisp to roll and will break in small pieces.
- Remove from the oven, let it cool down and cut it in stripes. For my R2 and R3 the fun part was unrolling the fruit leather and chewing it slowly…They had so much fun eating them..SILLY KIDS
- Roll each stripe and store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week/10 days.
- Of course you can use different kind of fruits (mango, peaches, apricots, kiwi)…the more watery the fruit is, the more baking time it will require.