Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Fruit Leather

A favorite way to use old fruit is in fruit leather. The same principle applies whether the fruit is new or old. Drain juice from fruit (reserve to use later, if needed). Puree fruit, adding additional juice back to the fruit, as needed, to create the consistency of thick applesauce. Add sweetening to taste (frequently the syrup on the fruit is sufficient sweetening). Spices may also be added for additional flavor. Be careful with sweetening and spices, they both concentrate when dried. Spread thinly on dryer racks which have been lined with plastic wrap and dry according to dryer instructions.

(Source: Utah State University Food Storage Cooking School—Low and Hendricks, USU Extension, Salt Lake County, 1/1999, pgs. 79-80. Copies may be made for individual and non-profit use as long as Utah State University Extension credit appears on each page.)

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