Step 3: Dehydrate Fruit

The traditional and easiest way to make fruit leather is in a dehydrator, however, I do not own one, so.......this is the 'in the oven' method.

Once your purée is ready set your oven to the lowest setting. I used a corded meat thermometer (picture does not show accurate temp) to keep track of the oven temp. My oven has a 'warm' setting with the next setting being 200 degrees F. When I set my oven on 'warm' my thermometer read 230 degrees F so I couldn't trust my settings!!! Most Instructions for oven dehydrating will say to keep the temp around 140 degrees F but I have to keep mine at 160 to get the fruit to dry out properly. Every oven is different so you will have to struggle a bit to get it just right if you are trying this in your oven too.

I did not keep the oven door open and it worked fine. Many instructions call for keeping the door cracked open. Since it is summer you may also want to avoid 100 degree temps spilling out into your kitchen!!!

I have read and heard you can dry fruit in the sun, which would be great, but after doing it in my oven I think it would literally take days! I have also seen solar dehydrators and people attempt this in their cars and they seem to have success.

Once your fruit can easily peel from the silpat and is no longer sticky to the touch it is done! This took me approximately 12 hours.

Cut into strips using kitchen scissors and roll in strips of parchment paper. Tie with a piece of butcher string if desired. Store in an airtight container. Don't worry about how long they will keep because they won't be around long enough anyway!!

Eat your creations with a smile. They are delicious!
If you find that you have left over puree from making this fruit leather there are many things you can do with it. Don't let all of those vitamins and antioxidants go to waste! <br> <br>We let the kids squeeze it on waffles and pancakes, we added it to unsweeened homemade applesauce and made a few flavored margaritas!! <br> <br>Just a few ideas!
What about wax or freezer paper? Would that work?
I have tried parchment paper and it absorbs the moisture from the applesauce and stretches and tears very easily. I don't think it is a good idea to put wax paper in the oven but I don't know much about freezer paper. If there is some kind of coating on it I wouldn't be comfortable heating it with food. I will do some research on it.
SO clever and SO pretty... I want to wear it!!! ;-D
This is some fantastic edible art. I will give this a try during our cold winter months to heat up the house. Very cool and I love the roll up with twine
Thank you. Let the kiddos squeeze the fruit to make their own edible art! I'm still bummed mine weren't home when I did this but I will try it again with them soon!
This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! I love it! My favorite are the circles. It reminds me of looking into a microscope. This is going into my favs for sure! 2 thumbs up!
Thank you! The circles were so fun to make. I want to make more soon and let my boys scribble and draw with the pur&Atilde;&copy;e. What kids don't like squeezing stuff everywhere!!?? My oldest son already asked why his name wasn't on them. There's an idea!!! Thanks again!
What happened to the word puree?? Weird!! :)
This is so cool! I love the swirly ones!
You never cease to amaze. Every time I click on one of your Instructables, I am blown away by the creativity and originality of the things you make. Awesome job, and I can't wait to see what's next!
Wow, I don't even know what to say - that is such a nice comment. I'm glad I can impress in some ways!! Thank you.
What about parchment paper? I use it under stained glass cookies and the sugar peels right off it without incident. Safer than plastic wrap, too.
I have tried parchment paper and the applesauce has too much water content so the paper wrinkles and stretches. Definitely safer than plastic wrap though. The silpats work like a dream!
As you mentioned, some people attempt drying the fruit in their cars. I am one of them. My car, which is black, tends to top out at about 210 degrees F. Being in Colorado, it is generally so dry that it took only 6hrs for something similar reach it's point of &quot;doneness&quot;. This method does keep the house much cooler when doing it.
This is good to know and gives me some confidence to try it in the car sometime. I have a flat black roof that gets extremely hot also so maybe I should try that too. Unfortunately where I live it is very humid. Thank you for commenting! :)
I just love what you have done with this idea! Not only making them fun and colorful, but then making them into rolled up strips! Gosh, that looks delicious :)
Thank you! They were very fun to make!!!

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