Monday, July 28, 2008

Feeling fruity

After discussions about various fruit leather, I decided to make my own. Fruit roll ups are gross and everything else is too expensive.

I started last night by cleaning my strawberries (strawberry fans, Aldi's on Mattis has them for 1.49 a box and they are super tasty, some of the best I've had all season) and blueberries. Then this morning, I got up and cleaned the cherries. That was tedious beyond belief and likely something I won't do again.

Then I whipped out the blender and set about pureeing my fruit. I knew the strawberries would be fine but I was worried about the skins on the cherries. The cherries did fine, suprisingly. The blueberries were what I ended up having problems with. When I first started them, the skin didn't blend at all. I scraped the sides and set it to blend again, walking away and letting it run for a minute. I came back to almost blueberry jelly. It was thick and gelatinous and kind of gross looking. It probably could have benefitted from a little OJ but I went ahead and used it as is.

I lined all my trays with foil (although in reading, other places said either parchment paper or platic wrap so hopefully it works out) and poured all my puree. Now, I wait between 5 hours (online recipe) and a day and a half (dehydrator instruction guide) to see if my attempt at fruit leather is eatable :)


abyss said...

Of course it will be eatable, the question is By whom. Ill give it a go though, throw myself on the dried fruit grenade so to speak, take one for the family.

Love ya


Looseyfur said...

Okay, wait. You have a dehydrater?

And um, the word fruit and leather is kind of creeping me out.

The Fearless Freak said...

Yes, why do you need one? I could loan you this one after I complete my fruit leather project :)

Looseyfur said...

Yeah, um, I have enough of a problem feeling that I use my blender enough to justify what some poor person paid for it when we got married.

It just further proves that you are more adept in the kitchen than you claim to be. :-)

The Fearless Freak said...

Not really. It was easier than making tea and I do that nearly everyday. Clean fruit (which I would have had to do anyway), put in blender (which makes good milkshakes too), push buttons, pour on foil covered tray. Not exactly rocekt science LOL

Quigs78 said...

Mmmm...I love fruit leather!

And you're so going to make me some homemade jerky!

Jenna said...

Let us know how it turns out. I made my own dried apricots yesterday (and takes awhile) after having a bunch that my kids didn't want to eat. I almost made leather but thought I would try this.