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Fruit Leather Flop

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One of my monthly goals was to make Homemade Fruit Leather. It sounded easy enough.

Well, apparently there’s a science to making fruit leather and I’m not sure what it is because this experiment was a flop. What a bummer because I was so excited about it!

 The process was rather easy. I sliced up my beautiful strawberries (thankfully, they were only $1), stewed them, and then whirled them around in the blender.

So, the original directions didn’t say that I needed to drain the strawberries before placing them in the blender. (One picture I didn’t include was the big mess I made when I forgot to hold down the top of the blender. Ha!) You can see the difference between the two pans. The one on the left is the runny mixture and the one on the right is what it’s supposed to look like. To be quite honest, I didn’t have high hopes for the runny pan.

I finally put the pans in the oven. The original directions didn’t give a timeframe but said they needed to be at the lowest setting for hours. Well, after about 3-3 1/2 hours one pan set but the middle was still runny, and the runny pan stayed just that, runny.

As you can see, I taste-tested a piece from a portion of the pan that set up. Even though the middle of the pan was runny, the piece that I tasted was way too dry. So, I admitted defeat and gave up. I may have given up to soon on the runny pan. There’s a chance that it could have set up but I didn’t want to waste anymore electricity.

Have you ever made fruit leather before? How did it turn out?

Thrifty T

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7 Comments

  1. Amy @ pennywisecook
    Amy @ pennywisecook05-28-2012

    I have been wanting to make this! I feared the same results so I’ve put it off :)

    • ThriftyT
      ThriftyT05-28-2012

      If you give it a try and it’s a success I’d love to know!

  2. Judith
    Judith05-28-2012

    Well, I have not attempted to make fruit leather but I just finished a batch of homemade body wash from three bars of shredded Dove soap and 6 cups water! (Cooked slowly over the stove until smooth and then cooled) And I gotta tell you, it smells divine and is soapy thick. Can’t wait to try it. ;0) So how is that for being off the subject; but I thought you would love to have the extra savings by making your own.

    • ThriftyT
      ThriftyT05-29-2012

      Hi Judith, and thanks for stopping by! Feel free to be off subject anytime; I love hearing from my readers.
      Your body wash sounds like something I need to try – and it would be perfect as a gift! Do you have a blog – I’d love to check it out.

  3. Candy
    Candy05-29-2012

    You need to make fruit leather in a dehydrater.  Works that way.

    • ThriftyT
      ThriftyT05-29-2012

      Well, I figured I’d give it a whirl even though I didn’t have a dehydrator – lesson learned. You know me, I’ll try (almost) anything once. :O)

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