Introduction: Dried Fruit Rolls

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A nice tasty treat.  Fruit rolls are fun to eat, and not too hard to make.  Inspired by Fruit Rollups, and Fruit Leather I made a fresh variation with no sugar added.  

WIth my families allergies, sack lunches were almost always in order.  But what to pack? These are cute and healthy options that will last a little over a month.  

Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need fruit, pick your favorite.  You can use anything from frozen, to fresh from the garden!  For this I used two mangos, a half a bag of fresh cherries, and a lemon.  

As for tools/appliances, you will need a cutting bored, a knife, a blender, a pot and stove, something to mix with, a cooking sheet, and an oven.  

Step 2: Prep

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Preheat your oven to 200ºF, if you have a convection oven I recommend using it, if not a regular bake will do.

Next blend your fruit together.  No need to add any sweetener.  I do strongly recommend using lemon juice though, just as much as you can get out of a single lemon.  Blend until smooth.  

Make sure you are not getting any pits or seeds from the lemon in it, I did the first time, it isn't something you want to run into while eating this.  

Step 3:

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Next, you want to pour it in a pot and bring it to a boil, I put it on medium high heat.  Once it starts to simmer, make sure that you keep it in motion. It does not need to be in constant motion, but the bottom needs to keep from burning.  

It should get fairly thick.  You want it to be boiling for a few minutes.  The goal is, to get it thick enough to the point it will not spread too much when you pour it on a flat surface.  You will notice that it is slower to fill the space when you move it, and will all fall in clumps.

Step 4: Bake

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Pour your fruit on a baking sheet (I used parchment paper, just because I use it with everything I put on a baking sheet, but it should not stick to much if you rather not use it) it does not need to still be boiling, but it shouldn't be too cold either.  Smooth it out*, and pop it in the oven that has already been preheated to 200°F.  Leave it for at least an hour.  You will know it is done when you can touch it, without any coming off on your fingers.

*Make sure that it is very smooth and even.  Other wise it will not cook evenly.  

Step 5: Serve

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My favorite way to serve these fruity snacks is to cut them into long strips, roll them up, and place a cute sticker on them.  You could also use a cookie cutter to make them fun shapes though!   


Abratforarat (author)2016-02-01

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Abratforarat (author)2015-12-05

I LOOOOOVE fruity things and one day these things are going in the oven!

Sunbanks (author)2010-06-20

:O These look amazing! I have to try this (:

Abratforarat (author)Sunbanks2015-12-05

OOOOOOOHHH...I want to try these so bad!

Momarabbit (author)2011-05-16

I skipped the boiling and went from puree to baking in oven. It turned out great!
I transfered the fruit to wax paper after baking, then cut it into strips while still on the wax paper. I then rolled it like those you buy in the store and my kids did not even notice they were homemade, lol. Thanks for this!

jtmcdole (author)2010-06-28

When I saw the pizza stone I thought I was looking in to my own oven for a second!

RocketPenguin (author)jtmcdole2010-08-21

me to!

timothymh (author)jtmcdole2010-07-01

Pizza stones FTW.

farzadbayan (author)2010-08-20

In Persian this is "Lavashak" ! It means dried fruit rolls . Nice work *

S189 (author)2010-08-11

That looks so tasty. Definitely like the easy healthy Instructables!

logghi (author)2010-08-06

Awesome, I just mine in the oven. I used nectarines and strawberries, going well so far! But i did burn my thumb while simmering it, it was all bubbley DX

ItzMeLogo (author)2010-08-01

Just awesome, an incredible idea. How did you come to to idea that the sugars in the fruit would crystalize and make it a chewy-kind of substance?

IchyKichy (author)2010-07-12

I'm currently making this fabulous recipe, but it's been in the oven for now two and a half could take all day to dehydrate tho so just and fyi

tesla94 (author)2010-06-21

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

timothymh (author)tesla942010-07-01

Congratulations on getting in the newsletter!

northcoastnomad (author)2010-06-21

lol you misspelled *poor*, a few times. We arent talking about poor people but instead, *pour*, as in the instructable. sorry about sounding like a spelling nazi but three time was just the charm lol. :P

rhoaste (author)northcoastnomad2010-06-22

In relation to your post:
Capital letters missing. The word "time" (second instance) in this context should be plural. The word "aren't" is an abbreviation of "are not", and therefore requires an apostrophe to indicate absent letters.

LOL :P Isn't it amusing and worth mentioning when people get three things wrong with a post. @:-) LOL :P 8-) I recommend ensuring your own home is clean :P before making suggestions to others that they should vacuum theirs. :) LOL ;P Not that I'm being a grammatical "nazi" of course; three times was just the charm. :) 8^) :p

timothymh (author)rhoaste2010-07-01

*gives a high five*

Isn't it nice that tcup shared her ideas with the community? Perhaps you would like to write about spelling in your very own instructable.

There is a private message option where you can send the writer a less public message

Phoghat (author)porcupinemamma2010-06-28

Why yes, there is

Phoghat (author)northcoastnomad2010-06-28

Don't be a spelling Nazi

porcupinemamma (author)2010-06-27

Looks yummy. Has anyone seen an Instructable about how to make a food dehydrator?

Phoghat (author)porcupinemamma2010-06-28

Check out Alton Brown on the FoodNetwork channel. He has ways to make everything from cheap stuff around the house. I made bacon for the whole family from pork bellies, and a cardboard box smoker

porcupinemamma (author)Phoghat2010-06-28

Wow! thanks :0)

instructimaster (author)2010-06-25

Can I use orange juice instead of lemon? Would it be ok if I added the orange with the pith?

maltesergr8 (author)2010-06-21

Great instructable! Always wondered how to make these. Am curious as to why you add the lemon; is this to cut down the sweetness a little? Thanks for sharing ;-)

brennanstout (author)maltesergr82010-06-21

Lemons(citrus) have pectin in them. Extract the pectin and it acts as the gelatin agent.

Bad Maxx (author)brennanstout2010-06-25

Actually the pectin in citrus is in the peels and to extract it takes a hot diluted acid. It is a very time consuming and very involved process (acid first, then filtering, ethanol precipitation, separate, wash, dry, mill and finally standardizing with sugar) Not by any means the process involved here, if anything it has the opposite effect as it dilutes the fruit product, on the plus side it does act as a preservative.

tesla94 (author)maltesergr82010-06-21

The lemon adds almost a "fullness" and freshness to it. Without it, it is easier to tell that it doesn't have any added sugar, a lot of the sweetness is dried out, and it's left tasting very bland. The lemon just makes the other flavors really stand out.

instructimaster (author)2010-06-25

hmm, when i tried this, it turned into a thin liquid that wont get thicker. Is it because of the fruit I used? pear (without skin) and raspberry...

Bad Maxx (author)instructimaster2010-06-25

In my experience (we've been making homemade fruit "roll-ups" for many years) some fruits just take longer than others to boil to a thick consistency. It almost sounds like you are using too much lemon juice to the amount of fruit you have, berries take a very large portion as they really contain little fruit per berry. As for using higher temps for less time? NOT a good idea, I'm not sure why but it never seems to work well, we even prefer the 180 degree temp but we have a gas oven.

instructimaster (author)2010-06-25

Could you put the temp to 400ºF (approx. 180ºC) and half the time in the oven to minimum 20mins?

lyonpridej (author)2010-06-24

Your's look thicker & darker(& better tasting) than most home-made fruit rolls-maybe because you cooked it down. I wouldn't think cooking it gets rid of the vitamins & nutrients as someone suggested, otherwise that would be true of jams & jelly? At least it doesn't have all the additives you can barely pronounce! My grannie,bless her heart, made fruit rolls for years & I loved them until I found out that she would put the pans on the roof of her home to dry in the hot desert sun-which is a good idea,except I could just imagine the flies enjoying it before I did!Couldn't eat them after that!LOL! Seventy years old & she was still climbing up the ladder to put them on the roof! She just ran her fruit through the blender(didn't cook it), then she would pour it onto a cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap. When it was dry,all she had to do was roll it up & cut it to length & the plastic wrap protected it & kept it from sticking to itself. She stored it in her freezer & had some nearly all winter long!

TahoeGal (author)2010-06-24

Hi there! I make these and do not cook anything, at all. It takes way less time and less clean-up. Plus, kids can do the whole thing themselves!!! Yeah!!!
I take the fruit, blend it really well and spread it out. I add a bit of vitamin C powder (ascorbic acid) as a "preservative" and they last indefinitely, as long as you get them really dry. Honey is also a natural preservative.I use a dehydrator, but a gas oven with a pilot light,  a reg oven heated up and turned off would all work. As for berries with seeds, you can get some of them out by pressing through a fine strainer if it is important to you.

aleinlegs (author)2010-06-24

it seems like this would use alot of fruits/veggies to make a small amount of dried fruit . . . . anyway still looks really good, and imma try it!! thanks

sclausson (author)2010-06-24

This project would be very "green" if a solar box oven were used to dry the fruit. Most homemade solar box ovens can reach 250 degrees. Cook between 10 am and 2 pm for best temperature. May take longer to cook but no hot kitchen in the summer.

rguillen (author)2010-06-21

Good instructable, I wonder, would mixing vegetales, like carrots or beets also work, if it did it would add greatly to my kids diet.

gora_ji (author)rguillen2010-06-24

With all respect by the time this recipe is cooked and then oven baked the valued nutrients will be almost, if not totally, destroyed by the heat.... 8-|

silverdiablo (author)gora_ji2010-06-24

You can focus on the positive and realize that home-made is so much better than feeding our kids the fruit snack garbage found in the grocery stores with paragraphs for ingredient lists. Granted, nothing beats fresh fruits and veggies but if this makes it fun for kids to eat the good stuff then giggidy giggidy

BtheBike (author)silverdiablo2010-06-24

It must be said that Can be done raw(er) . Boiling is not necessary I'd say . A cheap dehydrator or a sunny day will keep the high nutrient value. And it taste better imho . Carrots ,beets and herbs are actually a great idea . Old timers call this "fruit leather" before a company rolled it up and marketed it .

tesla94 (author)rguillen2010-06-23

That's a great idea! I'll have to try it and see how it comes out.

captain Jack (author)2010-06-24

Ingenious! No preservatives! How long will these last? Do they need to be refrigerated?

bombmaker2 (author)captain Jack2010-06-24

He said about a month and I don't think they need to be refrigerated

Beekeeper (author)2010-06-24

An excellent way to make a wholesome product without all those preservatives and chemicals. I have been making something similar for a few years but I add honey as a sweetener. What I do is use mostly apples with plums, blueberries or whatever mixed in. Adding lemon juice as you suggest will stop the apples going brown and perhaps enhance the flavour so thanks for that tip. I remove the core from the apples but leave the skin on. Then I cook everything in the microwave until it is soft and then puree it in my food processor. To dry it I spread it out on plastic sheet - as used for vapour barrier in building houses - though you can use plastic bags. Cheaper than parchment paper... I then put a portable de-humidifier in the small spare room with a little electric heater and close the door. After overnight I can usually peel off the fruit leather and turn it over for a thorough drying - about another 24 hours. I do lots every year if I can get a supply of cheap or free apples. I have made a box-like hopper which spreads an even quarter inch layer of the puree over the plastic which is pinned to a piece of plywood and I can do a gallon or more of puree in one session. I've tried adding a bit of mashed potato but it wasn't very good!!

dojers (author)2010-06-24

Lemon juice is used in a lot of recipes as it brings out the flavor of any spices, veggies, fruit, meat, fish, etc.

beebole (author)2010-06-24

Thanks for the Instructable. I'm just going into my garden to pick some and rhubarb to try this out. How do you store the roll-up and how long will it keep?

ungipungi (author)2010-06-22

I 'am trying this at the moment , I 'm waiting for it to cook in the own it looks and smells relly nize

sjdeweerd (author)2010-06-22

SWEET!!! I will have to do this. I got two mulberry tree's in our yard. I will also have to try blueberry's from the farmers stand.

ilpug (author)2010-06-21

love it. we made these in cooking calss once, but we added a tiny bit of pectin, it turned out quite good. ill have to try this wiht hte lemon instead. NOM NOM :)

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