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Fruit Leather Recipe for Simple Preserving

Fruit Leather Recipe for Simple Preserving

Picking large quantities of fruit yourself during the harvest time, and processing it into a preserved form that can be enjoyed for months, is a project many forgo these days because of the time involved.

Being too busy to participate in the harvest is a real loss to our lives because being outside in gardens or orchards, picking produce, really connect you to the rhythms of nature. Many children of this generation have never themselves picked produce, and yet the experience is one of the greatest teachers about life on this planet.

I was visiting a friend recently who had an apricot tree fully bursting with ripe fruit in their backyard. I suggested we look through some cookbooks to come up with some
ideas for using up as many apricots as we possibly could; recipes that didn’t require canning, that is, because guess what, we didn’t have much time! They had the great idea of making fruit leather with the apricots.

We did this, and not only is making fruit leather incredibly simple and it can process large quantities of fruit, but once done the fruit leather can be stored at room temperature for 30 days, months in the refrigerator, or years in the freezer, according to the Department of Agriculture. In fact, this excellent recipe is provided by the Department of Agriculure.

Use any type of ripe fruit. Apples or Concord grapes should be cooked until tender and made into sauce first. Add 1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice per quart of fruit for fruit that might darken.

Remove all pits stones, and seeds, and peel if desired.

Puree fruit in a blender until smooth.

Oil a cookie sheet, or cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. (I’ve found that the puree sticks to wax paper and is hard to salvage.) Pour puree 1/4-inch deep onto a cookie sheet with sides.

Distribute evenly.

Turn oven onto the lowest setting, place cookie sheet on a rack, and crack the oven door. Cook for 4-6 hours until dry and the fruit leather is not sticky.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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11:20AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks Annie.

10:40AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:26PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Thanks for the info.

3:57AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Thanks for the article.

5:01AM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Leather? Sounds like something hannibal lecter would make:0

11:26PM PDT on May 16, 2010

Oh! Heavenly idea! And it's sugar-free, too. This will be great when all the stone fruits start coming into season here. Can this be used for yams and carrots, too?

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