After using so many of our apples to make applesauce, I started to think we had more applesauce than we could ever use. That being said, we still had boxes and more boxes of apples to use and I really didn’t like the idea of seeing any of them go to waste. The first idea I came up with was another use for all the extra applesauce we made.
When I was a kid, my mom used to make “fruit leather”, kind of a homemade fruit roll-up. She would cook the apples, mash them, add different flavors, and put the mixture in the food dehydrator for 10-12 hours. Once it had cooked she would use kitchen shears and cut the leather into strips that my sisters and I could eat it as snacks. In our house we do not have a food dehydrator, so I decided to make my own fruit leather in the oven. This is an easy recipe, but it does take some time to cook. For me, this is a weekend recipe that I get a start on first thing in the morning because I know it takes some time to cook.
What you will need:
6 cups of Easy Applesauce
Optional Ingredients for Different Flavors:
Kool-Aid packet(any flavor) Mixed with Your Homemade Applesauce
Other Berries Cooked Down and Blended with Your Applesauce
First, preheat your oven to 175-200 degrees.
Then line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the applesauce on the parchment paper to 1/4 inch thickness.
You’ll need to cook it in the oven for 8-10 hours(you will know the fruit leather is done when it is shiny on top).
I like to double this and put two cookie sheets in at a time. I check my fruit leather every couple of hours and I turn the cookie sheet around once or twice during the cooking time. After it is done I slice it into 1.5 x 5 ” strips and put it in a storage container and my kids can enjoy it one strip at a time.
I usually let my kids decide on what flavors we will use. They each pick out their favorite Kool-Aid package or another fruit and they each get to make their own flavor(the Kool-Aid is also neat because it turns the fruit leather interesting colors).