Samantha got us a “kick-ass” dehydrator for Christmas. The first thing Jeff made in it was – of course – deer jerky, which turned out great.
But then we experimented with making fruit leather – the fruit roll-up kind of snacks. We thawed out some of our seedless blackberry puree (the same kind we use for making jam), and then cooked it with SureJel and sugar, only we used more than twice the amount of fruit than the jam recipe calls for. This thickened the puree enough to be able to spread it on the trays of the dehydrator. I should mention that we got non-stick silicon sheets for the trays – which was very helpful.
We also spread out some of our homemade applesauce on two additional trays. We let the fruit dry for about 8 hours,then peeled them off the sheets onto a cutting board. We then sliced and rolled up the dried fruit puree. They turned out really well, more tart than sweet, and absolutely delicious!