Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What to do on a snow day...

Noah spent the weekend and since school was canceled for snow, he spent Monday here too.
After he and I shoveled the driveway, sidewalk and steps, and after warming up by the fireplace with hot chocolate, we set out to make a favorite childhood treat.

Abbey and her boyfriend, Ryan made beef jerky with a dehydrator he just bought and encouraged me to try something with it.  Happily, I bought a container of strawberries while shopping this week so we made fruit rolls, also know as fruit leather.  It takes few ingredients to make this chewy snack.  Puree some fruit, dry it out and roll it up.
 It is a great in-the-kitchen with kids project. Noah did it all.
He cut off the strawberry tops and piled the trimmed berries into the blender.
He added honey but I probably wouldn't if the berries were in season.
He squeezed in the juice of half a fresh lime.
Then pulsed the blender (with just a few pauses while I pressed down the berries with a wooden spoon).
To prevent sticking, I lightly sprayed the dehydrator disk with PAM and wiped away any extra.
Noah poured the puree onto the disk and leveled it with a spatula.
Into the dehydrator for almost 6 hours (the wait was hard) for a healthy, easy to make snack that he loved.

Here is how Noah made
Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups
recipe source: NESCO 


1 pint container fresh strawberries, washed and stems removed
1 Tbs. honey (or Karo syrup), optional
squeeze of lime juice

Add the strawberries, honey and juice to the blender, Cover and pulse/blend until you have a smooth puree. If needed, stop the blender and smash the fruit to the bottom using a wooden spoon before proceeding.

Lightly spray the disk with PAM and wipe away any extra.  Pour the puree onto the disk and level with a spatula.  

Place the disk onto the dehydrator; dry at 135 degrees until fruit feels leather-like and is pliable (4-8 hours). Leather is not dry if there are any sticky or soft places. Our leather took 6 hours.

Remove from dehydrator and roll in plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Cut into strips.

Store in a moisture/air tight container. 

NOTE: I haven't tried it but have read you can make fruit leather without a dehydrator.  Pour the puree onto a shallow baking  pan with a silicone pad; bake at the lowest oven temp (140-170) for 6-8 hours until dried.  

13 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh this looks SO yummy and healthy! Thank you so much for sharing.

Kristina said...

I love my dehydrator. I made fruit leather with watermelon. Yum.

Winnie said...

You have no idea how much my nephews and nieces loooooooooooove roll-ups.
I wish I had this dehydrator, they'd be so happy if I made these strawberry roll ups

Creative Design said...

Home made roll ups....nom, num,num, um!

Sheila
http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/02/cath-kidstongreengate-inspired-bakeware.html

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I have to try making some fruit leather for my grandsons. I'll have to try the oven method. Lots of sales on strawberries lately, thankfully.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That is a great kids project! I'll be he loved eating what he made:@)

Ann said...

I have a dehydrator but have never tried making the fruit leather. This sounds pretty good though.

Blackberry Lane said...

What a fun project and I know I would love the taste.

NanaDiana said...

What a great project AND treat! I think I need a dehydrator! Noah is so cute working on his project. xo Diana

Heather said...

Oh I have to show Anna this she would love to make this I am sure!! thanks for sharing Love Heather

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a great project to make with my grands when they are here for the weekend this spring! Fun, pretty, and healthy!

Lorrie said...

Looks delicious! A great treat for the little ones.

Adrienne said...

What a fun way to spend a snowy day with your grandma! I'm sure those roll-ups were the best. Maybe just because he was with you!
~Adrienne~

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