How to Make Apple Leather in a Dehydrator

Overview

Fruit leathers are some of the most popular lunch box snacks with children, although children usually know it as rolled fruit or other commercial names. One of the easiest ways to preserve fruits, fruits leathers, like apple leather, can be created with minimal equipment. Apple leather can be stored at room temperature for months or indefinitely in the freezer. Create your own homemade apple leather in your dehydrator and you'll have a healthy and tasty snack.

Step 1

Peel and core three ripe apples. Choose apples that have no blemishes or bruises. Most apples will make good leather, so choose your variety according to your taste.

Step 2

Chop the apples into small pieces and put them in the cup of a blender or food processor. Add the 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 cup honey. Process the apples until the resulting mixture is a smooth puree, and looks like applesauce.

Step 3

Cover the dehydrator tray with plastic wrap and spray the wrap with cooking spray. Pour the fruit mixture onto the plastic wrap. Tip the tray back and forth to spread the puree over the tray. Make sure that the puree is spread all over the tray, and is about 1/4 inch thick.

Step 4

Place the tray into the dehydrator. Set the temperature to 140 degrees F. Allow the machine to run for five hours before checking the leather.

Step 5

Check the leather to see if it is done after five hours of drying. Lift up a corner of the plastic wrap and try to peel back the leather. If it comes off in a solid sheet readily and there are no sticky spots on top, your fruit leather is done. If you have trouble removing the leather, leave it in the dehydrator and try again in about half an hour.

Step 6

Pick up the entire sheet of plastic with the fruit leather on top of it. Place the plastic sheet on a table or counter. Roll up the plastic with the fruit leather still on top of it. This will prevent the layers of apple leather from sticking to each other. Cut the roll into manageable pieces. Place the pieces in a zip top bag and store them in a cool, dry place or in the freezer.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 large ripe apples
  • Knife
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cooking spray
  • Zip top bags

References

  • Seasonal Chef: How to Make Apple Fruit Leather
  • Fruit From Washington: How to Make Dried Fruit Snacks
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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.