Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Fruit Leather

Summer has arrived, and so has an abundance of fruit!  I am so excited to be preserving fruit from our land for the coming winter months.  We have collected rhubarb and strawberries and wanted to preserve what we’re unable to eat fresh.  I have been freezing berries whole and unwashed, so they don’t stick together.  I tried my hand at slicing the berries and drying them.  This was good, but I like making fruit leathers with apple added in to ‘stretch’ the berries further.  Although apples are out of season currently where we live, I went to a local orchard who was clearing out their crop from last year that have been stored all winter – apples perfect for drying.  I was able to get two bushels of Ida Red apples for $15 CAD!

Here is what I did for our Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Fruit Leather:

4 cups coarsely chopped rhubarb

8 cups strawberries, hulls removed

12 cups apples (I used 15, cores removed but left the skin on)

In batches, blend all the ingredients in a food processor.  Combine in a large bowl.  Spoon onto teflon sheets, being sure to make the outer edges slightly thicker to help with consistent drying.  Turn dehydrator on to 145˚ for approximately 45 minutes.  Reduce temperature to 115˚ and leave running over night.  The taste is delicious with no need for added sweeteners!

(In case you’re wondering, we use the Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator and the Paraflexx Sheets)

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