Dehydrating Fruit Rolls – For a Healthy Treat

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By dehydrating fruit rolls, you'll be able to create nutritious snacks for your family which are healthy for young and old alike.

Dehydrated fruit rolls, (also known as Fruit Leathers, and Fruit Roll-ups – no, not those hard candies!) are very easy to make and cost less than fruit leathers bought in any store!

Fruit leathers can be made from fresh fruits or any leftover fruits and can be sweetened if desired – add cinnamon to an apple and pear mix! Yummy!

Fruit Roll trumpets!

Add a Little Sweetness!

For added sweetness for fruit rolls when using tart fruits: for each quart of purée add one or two tablespoons of honey or corn syrup – whichever is on hand in your pantry – and taste-test 'til your taste-buds are happy!

Note: adding regular sugar to fruit rolls can make them become brittle when in storage.

Select a fruit combination for a fruit leather that will appeal to you and your kids! For example bananas and pineapples make a great combination.

How about strawberries with rhubarb, or pineapple and cranberry?

Use Fresh Fruit in Season

It's always best to use fresh fruit for your fruit rolls while it's in season and plentiful – i.e. cheaper – but don't forget you can also use overripe fruits or those misshapen, bruised fruits that didn't quite make it to your fruit bowl on the dining table ... :-(

Canned Fruits

In a pinch? You can use canned fruits too. Simply drain off the excess liquid first (in a sieve, in the sink) then put the fruit in the blender and away you go.

Frozen Fruits are Fabulous too!

You can even use frozen fruits but be aware that these may be a little thinner in consistency after puréeing.

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To combat a too runny consistency, let the frozen fruit come to room temperature first, allowing excess water/juice to drain off naturally (in the sink, in a sieve). If it's still too runny, add an apple to the mix!

Use Fruit Roll Sheets or Plastic Wrap
While Dehydrating Fruit Rolls

The fruit rolls are easily made by puréeing the fruit in your blender and by spreading it thinly onto your food dehydrator's special sheets created just for this purpose. If you're not using the Nesco fruit-roll sheets, simply lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the trays to make your own drip-proof sheets!

NOTE: Make SURE to cut out the center hole in the plastic wrap so that the air can circulate if using a Nesco dehydrator!  (I do highly recommend the sheets though).

Thicker On The "Outer Edge"

When spreading out the puréed fruit make sure that the center portion of the tray contents is a little thinner than the outer edges, as the outer edges tend to dry out faster.

NOTE: When using two Nesco dehydrator fruit roll trays, two large apples and 4 pears were used; this is to give you a rough idea as to how much fruit to use for two sheets.

I also added extra dehydrator trays in-between the two fruit roll trays for added air circulation: Nesco recommends using NO LESS than four trays at a time for proper air circulation.

fruit roll on special dehydrator sheets

How to Dehydrate Fruit Rolls (aka Fruit Leathers)

  1. Wash your favorite combination of fresh fruit and trim away any bruised and/or spoiled areas. You can leave the skin on – chop the fruits into 1" chunks to make it easier on your blender and discard the core and seeds. Add a tablespoon or two of water to get the blender moving. (There may be no need to add water if you're using (thawed) frozen fruit or canned fruit).
  2. Place the fruit in your blender. Now is the time to add the sweetener of your choice, if necessary.
  3. After puréeing the fruit, you may choose to lightly wipe the fruit roll sheet with vegetable oil to help prevent sticking. Next: Simply pour the purée onto the food dehydrator's special fruit roll sheets – around 1.5 cups per tray
  4. Turn on your dehydrator and set the temperature between 135°F to 140°F.
    Note the higher temperature for fruit rolls!
  5. When the fruit roll has dried, peel it from the tray and roll it into a tight cylindrical shape. Use a piece of plastic wrap to wrap it up and store in airtight containers. At room temperature, they'll last a month. In my photo below, you'll see that I vacuum packed some so they will last even longer!
  • Drying time: between 4 – 8 hours or until the fruit roll/leather is pliable (or per your food dehydrator's instructions). It should be non-sticky to the touch and a little shiny in appearance – and they do dry much browner, but that is absolutely nothing to worry about!
  • Remember to rotate your food dehydrator trays while dehydrating fruit rolls, for even drying.
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