Fruit Roll-Ups is a brand of fruit leather, wrapped in plastic or cellophane for easy consumption and packaging. You can make something very similar to Fruit Roll-Ups from home in a food dehydrator. Homemade fruit leather is made with fresh fruit and water to bring it to the correct consistency. You can then adjust the flavor of the fruit to sweeten and enhance it before making it into leather. To make Fruit Roll-Ups in a dehydrator, you will need between two and five hours, on average. This recipe yields one 10-inch-by-15-inch sheet of fruit leather.
Things You'll Need
Rinse the fruit in cool water and prepare it to be cooked. Depending on the type of fruit you are using, you will need to peel them, remove pits, core them or de-stem them. Chop the fruit into 1-inch cubes.
Pour the water into a saucepan and add the fruit. Place the saucepan over low heat and bring the water to a simmer. Cover the saucepan and leave the fruit to cook for 15 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from heat and pour its contents into a food processor. Add 1 tbsp. sugar and pulse to puree the fruit. Sample the fruit puree and determine if it needs more sugar. Continue adding sugar in 1 tbsp. increments until it reaches your desired level of sweetness.
Add the lemon juice to the fruit puree and pulse the processor to blend. The lemon juice will enhance the fruit’s overall flavor.
Pour the puree back into the saucepan and place over low heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap and pour the puree into it. Shake the pan so the puree spreads evenly and place into the dehydrator.
Turn the dehydrator on, set to medium (if it has different power levels), and leave the fruit for at least two hours. Check on the fruit leather every hour and remove from the dehydrator when it is dry to the touch.
Lift the fruit leather out of the pan, using the plastic wrap. Roll the fruit leather up with the plastic wrap on the outside and store in a plastic sandwich bag.
The fruit leather will keep for up to 12 months in a cool, dark place.
References and Resources"The ABC's of Home Food Dehydration" Barbara Densley; 1995
"Food Drying with an Attitude: A Fun and Fabulous Guide to Creating Snacks, Meals, and Crafts"; Mary T. Bell; 2008