How to Make Apple Fruit Leather With a Food Dehydrator

Overview

Make your own apple fruit leather to create a healthy snack for people of all ages. Fruit leather is low in sugar, high in vitamins and has no chemical preservatives. Cut the finished apple leather into fun shapes with cookie cutters to create a fun treat for lunch boxes or a child’s party. Experiment with making fruit leather from other fruits after mastering the technique for making apple fruit leather.

Step 1

Wash apples well with water and remove the peeling. Cut the apples to remove the core and seeds. Cut the apples into 1-inch chunks and measure 2 cups of fruit for each batch of fruit leather.

Step 2

Place the cubed apples into a blender with 1 tsp. honey to sweeten the leather naturally. Add 1/8 tsp. lemon juice to prevent the apples from turning brown.

Step 3

Blend the apple mixture until it forms a pourable consistency. Add 1 tsp. of water at a time until the mixture reaches the desired consistency if the mixture is too thick while blending. Add an additional 1 tsp. of honey if the mixture tastes tart.

Step 4

Line the food dehydrator tray with plastic wrap or insert the fruit leather lining trays. Pour the apple mixture into the trays at a thickness of 1/8 inch.

Step 5

Set the food dehydrator to a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit if the option is available. This is usually the lowest heat option. Place an oven thermometer on an empty tray inside the food dehydrator if there is no temperature setting. Adjust the dehydrator vents until reaching the appropriate temperature.

Step 6

Cook the apple fruit leather for six to eight hours. Open the dehydrator and check the leather consistency. The leather is finished drying if there is no indention left after touching the leather. Test several areas to make sure the leather is completely dry.

Step 7

Remove the leather and plastic wrap from the food dehydrator. Roll the leather in the plastic to store up to one month at room temperature or place the rolls in a freezer zipper bag and store in a freezer for two to three months.

Things You'll Need

  • Apples
  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Blender
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. lemon juice
  • Water
  • Food dehydrator
  • Plastic wrap
  • Oven thermometer (optional)

References

  • Oregon State University: Making Dried Fruit Leather
  • University of North Dakota: Drying Foods is Fun for Family
  • Fruit from Washington: How to Make Dried Fruit Snacks
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.