Saturday, June 8, 2013

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups Recipe

Homemade fruit rollups are a much healthier choice for than the store bought kind, which is often loaded with sugar and other preservatives, and they are easy to make. You can use any fruit, get creative, mix and match. You can even add spices; such as, cinnamon, mint, and cilantro. For the kids I keep it simple.

Equipment

Dehydrator
There are many out in the market to choose from but I use the Nesco 600-Watt Food Dehydrator


I have been using my dehydrator for a little over a year now and it does what I need. There are some really expensive ones out there with higher wattage, it just really depends on what your needs are. For stackable dehydrators like mine, the higher the wattage allows you to dry more.

Fruit Roll Sheets 
The Nesco dehydrator mentioned above comes with 2 of these sheets. If you plan to make a lot of roll-ups at one time, you may want to order more sheets. They are about $6.00 for a set two through amazon (this is based on the machine above).

Blender
Any blender will do. I use a Black and Decker glass jar one. I like using a glass blenders because it doesn't keep the smell of the products I put in it. This is just a matter of opinion though.

Other (smaller) Tools

  • Cutting Board
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Rubber or Silicone Spatula
  • Knife
  • Plastic wrap or wax paper
  • Airtight container
Step-by-Step Instructions

Remove any seeds, stems, or core from the fruit(s)



Add 1/2 cup no-sugar added applesauce (or homemade applesauce) to blender along with 2 cups puree of the fruit of your choice. The jar on my blender has a measuring cup so I add the main fruit a little at a time until I get to 2 cups then I add the applesauce. When adding more than one fruit, just make sure the total combined cups equals 2 cups pureed fruit.

Why applesauce? Apples are high in pectin, which helps the puree thicken. Fruits that are low in pectin become brittle once dried, so the apple helps it maintain the right consistency. Apples also have a mild taste so it allows the other fruit to dominate in flavor.



Place fruit roll sheet on top of drying rack


Spray a small amount of non-stick spray such as Pam over the fruit roll sheet.. Use a paper towel to spread and remove any excess spray.

Pour fruit puree over the fruit roll sheet and then stack the trays.

  



Plug dehydrator and dry at 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of time depends on the amount of water in the puree and in the watts of the dehydrator. Usually it takes 8 or more hours. I would check it after 4 or 5 hours and then every hour thereafter until it reaches the consistency desired. You're looking for a leathery yet flexible texture but not sticky.

Once dry
  • Peel the leather from the tray.
  • Cut the leather into an acceptable serving size.
  • Lay on plastic wrap or wax paper and roll-up the leather.
  • Store in airtight container. I usually put mine in the refrigerator.

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