If you aren’t going to be at  home and you don’t want to leave your oven on, just keep the oven door shut and turn it off while you’re gone. Place the baking sheet of fruit puree in the oven and let it bake until it has transformed into flexible fruit roll-up material. Finally, let the dehydrated fruit roll-ups cool to room temperature before cutting them into whatever shapes you’d like. I have tried this twice and failed miserably each time. Then I made a batch using mixed frozen berries-straw-cran-rasp and just added a little honey to the mix and they both taste really yummy. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve heard it works fine with canned fruit, but I’ve never tried it. Now that I’m reading more, we do live on Aruba so there is a lot of sun.. Hey, these look delicious! Thanks! My family loved the slightly spicy taste! I was very nervous about putting plastic wrap in the oven, but it looks like it’s okay! I just wanted to say, “Thanks a ton!” I’ve really been trying to cut out as much of the artificial ingredients from my children’s food as possible and I think this is the perfect way to cut out dyes and sugars while still giving them a yummy treat! We actually just sliced it but it would have dried more evenly if we had run it through a food processor. This is where you will have to be patient. Fruit Roll-Ups is a brand of fruit snack that debuted in grocery stores across America in 1983. I added a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and am hoping it turns out! You can see right through it. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try this! Quick question, why do you use the lemon juice? I just got a million pounds of [insert fruit of your choice here] what can I make with it? My oven has vague settings, so I turn it to somewhere on the dial less than 200 but not totally off. She uses the traditional methods – hand-puree and baked in the sun (this being in the tropics, though, so the sun here is very reliable). Toss the extra in a smoothie. You’ll notice in the photo above, I’ve lined my pan with plastic wrap. In that case, it might actually be easier to simmer the fruit on the stove with a little liquid just so it gets super soft and blends better; but any way you can puree works just fine! Spices, like black pepper, will go into the puree and stay there. FYI, the FoodSaver brand vacuum sealers have attachments for sealing mason jars. Try and spread the puree as evenly as possible (this will be easier or harder depending on the fruit). Any suggestions for keeping a gas oven in the right temp range? I just had to throw out two trays worth of raspberries which are not cheap because the plastic wrap dissolved into bits and stuck to the fruit. Thanks for the idea!!! I love fruit leather, but it’s a little expensive at my grocery store! I actually first pureed the fruit in my food processor but had to re-blend it in my blender to get a smoother consistency. Any tips to make sure it fully comes off so I can roll it up?? Once the fruit is chopped, I put it all in the bowl of a food processor and let it run until the fruit is completely pureed. I’ve tried it with parchment (without using cooking spray), and since it is a kind of paper, it absorbed some of the moisture from the puree as it was drying. I used blueberries in one tray and strawberries in another. Fruit by the Foot is very similar to GM's Fruit Roll-Ups in its presentation of being rolled up … I have an over abundance of homemade applesauce, pear sauce, etc. It’s from Williams-Sonoma Nina- and it comes with sandwich cutters , http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/star-wars-lunch-box-sandwich-cutter/, A simple way to make sure it doesn’t stick is to use wax paper sprayed with just the littlest bit of cooking spray. So for future reference, especially if you are using frozen fruit I would suggest others to keep the layer really thin otherwise, be ready to dry for several days. Have you used apples or pears? I have a ton of herbs outside that are starting to go to seed and need to be picked and dried. She dried the big sheets full of puree in our greenhouse. I get the most consistent results with those. Does an oven use alot of electricity to keep heated at that temp for that long?? I had great success with spiced applesauce, raspberry/apple and raspberry/pear. Fried shells, fatty meats and piles of high-cal toppings can make tacos a belly buster. It was introduced in 1991 in North America and is still in production. I don’t think she added any sweetener, either. My girls (6 y/o and 2 y/o) and I made a raspberry batch last night. Do you think frozen fruit will work? We must have made it too thin because it came out brittle. I ordered a food dehydrator, but it’s not here yet. I also like to add a pinch of salt to the puree to bring out the flavor of the fruit. I am from Europe and have no idea such a dessert exists. And while this is fabulous with fresh fruit, you can also use frozen, or even fruit you’ve canned. This is so awesome! Everything is an experiment. Or will they be too watery? also have you tried blackberries? Question- could you bake it on parchment paper instead of plastic wrap? Your email address will not be published. Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the fruit leather. I love this idea! optional: seasonings, spices, extracts to taste. LOVE this! They worked perfectly, and taste wonderful. Well, good to know not to try watermelon . do I need to thaw the fruit before putting it in the food processor? Especially since she knows you! The Silpat works best, but the parchment paper also works well and I’ve never had to grease it. Use good quality plastic wrap, not a bargain brand; some packages even specify for use in a microwave. I had some homemade applesauce in the freezer that I thawed and made fruit leather with over the weekend. Thanks for sharing. To use, simply puree fruit in a blender, then pour puree onto fruit roll sheets, about 1/4” to 3/8” thick and spread evenly. How absolutely cool is this that you’ve shown us how to make our own fruit rollups? Juicer? My boys use them to tote around legos more often than lunch, lol! How long can you store them? Set aside. For strawberry, I like to add a generous grinding of black pepper. Let it sit a little while and the leather will become pliable. Thanks for the post and your authentic way of “instructing” is perfect for even those of us who aren’t the sharpest knife in the kitchen! I have lots of pears too what flavours did you make with pears? I used little hair elastics to keep them from unraveling. Tips: I … Making your own fruit roll-ups allows for plenty of personal touches. YUM! I used to do that until I realized I didn’t really  have to- and you all know I will avoid dirtying a dish if I can! You can add water, or fruit juice. I’ve got some peaches in the freezer though and I’m up for another try! Once they air dried after that we were golden! But you know, it is simply fantastic. Thanks for the easy recipe, can’t wait to try my variation of it! Or so I’ve heard. I’m definately going to try it now that I know 170 works just fine! dinner recipes. The edges will cook faster than the center; if the edges look like they’re getting crispy, you can cut those off later, or brush them with a little water or juice during the baking process to rehydrate. You can use just about any fruit, and it’s perfect for those things that are just a little too ripe to eat any other way. Thanks for the recipe. I know that my kids will flip for this recipe! Not so much success with cantaloupe. Keep the mixture away from the edges like in the photo below. http://lifecurrents.dw2.net/?p=4879 So good. I wish I had it in hand back when I was collecting strawberries and raspberries by the bucketful! And there in lies the problem. I am find that it is really thick in the middle and doesn’t cook and the ends get super crispy. My oven was at 170 for 6 hours and I used ungreased parchment. My peaches were a little hard (and I was too impatient to wait for them to ripen!) Stir as you go and remove the seeds. OMG.. I wonder if things are gathering in the middle making it so much thicker even after you’ve evened it out? Those of you who need a number, you’ll need about 3 cups fruit for a standard size rimmed baking sheet (13×18, or 13×15). Make sure to stir frequently as the sugars in the puree will want to scorch. Hydration is key, as it appears that your oven and home create a very dry atmosphere. It’s also a good idea to make lots because these will be gone in a heart beat. I love to make fruit leather. I think plastic and silicone really work the best so go with one of those. Preheat oven to 170°. You’re aiming for a temperature between 175 and 200 degrees. I’m guessing I just cooked it for too long? AND I don’t know how well fruit roll-ups made using ovens or dehydrators stay edible, but I’ll share some thoughts on the matter. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the recipe! I’ve heard people say they love banana so you could give it a shot! So can’t wait to try these. Or you put it in your mouth with the paper and then wait to melt or something? This way the baking paper will be between the fruit roll-ups … Do you think that once they are done ‘cooking’, you could roll them up into a tube shape and cook them longer to become brittle? If I was grandpa I’d be proud. Awesome recipe. Thanks! I was shopping just yesterday and thought “I should try to find some dried fruit for myself, my husband and my baby” but I didn’t end up finding any. Do you think this would work with bananas? Oh well. My kids love them and I feel great about letting them eat them. My new addiction! But I got him to eat a ton of these and he loves them. No extra step in cutting parchment. That’s what I’ll continue to do. Thank you so much for inspiring my sister, and now me. If I use the plastic wrap in the dehydrator will that restrict the air flow and drying process? these look AWESOME!! I have a couple of opened cans that are getting towards the end of their shelf life! . You need to be able to pour this mixture, so if you puree your fruit and it’s pretty thick, just add a little liquid. Made these and they were delicious. Do you know how to extend the life of the rolls beyond a month, to have until the following season? My 5 year old son thought they were great. And if you overdry your leather and it breaks instead of bends, use a pastry brush to coat the leather with a thin amount of water. Can you use jam as your fruit and ommit the sugar? Also, dark pans tend to get hotter so I wouldn’t use those. From ourbestbites.com, Ingredients You can make yours your way. Would this work in a blender instead of a food processor? Has anyone tried that…? He has no idea and he is the pickiest eater ever Thanks again. Eat more seeds . Kids' food have a long … Will it work? I try to make things homemade to avoid I like to use honey instead of sugar because I like the flavor, but you can use any sweetener you’d like. I just had a flashback to my youth when we’d all go pick apricots at my grandma’s house and then my mom would make fruit leather with them. I tried fruit roll-ups once and was horribly disappointed. We wrap ours in the plastic and then put it in an air tight bag or sealed gallon can. I’m not sure if having a gas oven instead of an electric made any difference, but next time I’m definitely using lightly greased parchment paper instead of plastic wrap! Im very happy with it. Ack!! I used strawberries, a squirt of fresh lemon juice, and a hint of honey. The lack of the added sugar does not stop my kids from eating batches in one day! 7 exclusive They are amazing. We’re making “candy sushi” at my 10-year-old son’s birthday party and was wondering how to get a large piece of fruit roll-up for the “seaweed.” This is perfect – he and I will make it ahead of time and doing it from scratch will make the whole adventure even more fun (and now a little…little…healthier!). I never thought to make these, what a good idea! I didn’t add any sweetener at all, so maybe that had something to do with it, but the texture was a little off. So easy! Thanks for the great recipe! Made these for my son to bring to school, and I over baked a little so I rehydrated with some water like you mentioned..he loves them! ooo! Have you tried using freezer paper? You’d have to experiment- I’ve never done banana! It turned out great! My kids LOVE homemade fruit roll-ups (which is a way more appetizing name than fruit leather, so we’re going to say roll-ups, okay?) You cook like I do. If you’re not into measuring than this recipe is totally for you since it really doesn’t matter if you measure or not! The lowest temperature setting I have on my oven is 200 degrees so I’m guessing the fruit/plastic wrap was being cooked instead of ‘dehydrated.’ Any thoughts? I made a tray of mango-papaya and didn’t peel the mangoes (lazy…) and they turned out great. I would probably be in danger of eating more of them than my kiddos. I just pour the jello straight into the applesauce and stir. I used parchment paper and it stuck to it and I couldn’t get it off!!!! I can’t believe how easy this was! I was planning on doing this with some of the fruit from our orchard this year. Thought that was good idea to share. I made these tonight and they are great and so easy! she even made homemade caramel and spread it on top of a finished apple roll up sheet and then rolled them up, caramel apple heaven. We’d have to eat nothing but smoothies between now and the move to get through it all. Unforunately, 200 is the lowest temp on my oven. My mom used to make fruit roll ups when I was a kid and I loved them, but she had a dehydrater. Maybe a stupid question, but do you use convection or just bake? Usually when I experiment something turns into fish paste . Hugs!♥. Maybe the cooking spray helps with this, but you might want to try a small test batch first. I’ve got a pan of papaya and a pan of papaya-mango in the oven right now. (I have three little guys too: 5 1/2, 4 and 15 months). Hope this works! If your grocery store has a sale section for produce, check there first. Just thought I would mention that using a rotary cutter might make cutting these strips faster, more precise and more fun!! I’ve currently got a batch of blackberry/raspberry fruit leather in the oven. If i wanted to use those fruits, how could I go about straining them out?? Absolutely love your post. We will totally try this again! :). sadly she passed away before i ever learned this skill… so thank you for posting this!!! I always do a little more than that just so I have plenty and can make it as thick as I want. It gets very, very sweet when it’s dried so no added sugar should be necessary. I use my Silpat and parchment paper. As mentioned in the post, parchment works, but it helps to spray it with non-stick spray. I can’t wait to make them this week while my kids are out of school for fall break! I like the texture of it better than other fruit combinations I’ve tried, and it’s easy when you don’t have a lot of other fruit around. Which popular fruit roll-ups and fruit strips are healthy? I make my own applesauce and it’s kind of chunky. Thanks! FIY the lowest temp for my oven is 170 (which I what I put it on). Thanks!! Hey I am definitely looking forward to trying this because I hate giving my kids the store bought fruit roll ups, but they love them. I rolled the entire batch at once and then snipped with my somewhat dull kitchen scissors. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Boo Berry, the first blueberry-flavored cereal, was released in December 1973, and Fruit Brute in 1974. so fun! Thanks. It takes her a few days, but they’re really nice and firm. Do you think frozen fruit will work? It is awesome! He passed away a few years ago so I haven’t had fruit leather in forever. Awesome idea! As far as storage – I have no idea how long they would last since they barely survive one day! Spread the puree as evenly as possible, aiming for around 1/8 inch in thickness. Actually, for more nutrition and less work, do you think I could keep peach skins on? I don’t cut each strip individually then roll – takes way to long while the kids are standing there screaming they want some. Preheat oven to lowest temperature. Discover and satisfy your tastebuds with award-winning vape juice flavors like Green Apple, Grape, and many many more! Storing them in a sealed container (like Tupperware) helps a lot, though it might get a bit chewy after a few months. When I was a kid, my mom did a market research home taste test with banana fruit roll ups. Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans, Homemade Strawberry Fruit Rolls Ups! You might even consider making your batch just a slight bit thicker. Yep, I peeled them, but someone else left a comment saying they left the peels on and it worked fine so you could try that!