Tasty fruit roll-ups you can make at home!
3 cups of fruit (ie strawberries, apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, blueberries, etc)
1/8 to 1/4 cup of fruit juice
Peel, core and slice fruit. Place in a blender with juice and blend until smooth, then place in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Let cool and place plastic wrap over a baking sheet. Pour the puree onto the wrap, keeping away from the edges. Spread as thin as possible with a spatula. Turn oven on lowest possible heat, or even just the pilot light. You basically want it to be warm in there, not hot. Leave baking sheet in oven for 6-8 hours (don’t worry, the plastic wrap doesn’t melt). Remove from oven and roll up the dried fruit and plastic wrap like a jelly roll. To serve, cut the roll into 1-inch sections and peel off the wrap.
Strawberries were on sale this week and both Tony and I bought a couple of baskets of them, not realizing the other had bought some too. So we had a lot of strawberries to use up! I decided to make these fruit rolls, and they were such a big hit with the kids. The whole roll was gone in less than a day. I don’t even think Tony got a chance to taste them, but I had some and they were really good. I was a little worried about using plastic wrap because of chemicals leaching into the food, but I guess it’s at such a low temperature it’s probably ok. Still, I think to be on the safe side I might try wax paper or parchment paper next time. I hear they work too so we’ll see.
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