The kids are back to school, and pears are ripe. Does it get any better? Not only are pears my absolute favorite bottled fruit, but dehydrated/dried pears are one of my favorite treats. I've spent the day drying pears, and tomorrow I'll start making fruit roll ups (aka fruit leather) with the pears that are too ripe to dry. I bet you want to know how to do it, right? This is one of those super easy recipes that is really difficult to mess up. Because the dehydrator will get rid of any extra liquid you might add by mistake, no amounts need to be exact.
DIY Apple/Pear Fruit Roll Ups
You will need:
- high-powered blender (I used my favorite toy--my Blendtec Total Blender)
- lemon juice
- apple juice (I like the "No Sugar Added" variety)
- a dehydrator
- a few apples (mine were pink lady, but any variety will do)
If you plan to store your fruit roll ups for a long time, you can add some honey. It is supposed to keep the roll ups from going brittle. Since mine are always eaten quickly, I have stopped adding the honey. Both flavors are yummy, but I like them best without honey.
- Slice your pears in half and use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds. Be sure to remove the tough stem and strings as well. You can leave the pears in halves or cut them smaller. (Pay attention to the instructions for your blender to see how small you should cut the fruit.)
- Prepare your apples by coring and cutting them into quarters. You do not need to peel the either fruit, but you can if you'd like.
- Pour about ¼ cup apple juice and 1 Tbs lemon juice into the blender. The amounts don't need to be precise. The extra liquid will evaporate anyway. You just need enough liquid to run the blender. (If you use a different type of blender, add the fruit before the liquid. For Blendtec, you add the liquid first.)
- Fill the blender cup ¾ full with pears and one apple (quarter or half the fruit first). The apple and pear blend is yummy, but you can omit the apple if you'd like. I filled my blender way too full, but it still worked. Push the whole juice button, or just blend until it reaches a soupy consistency.
- Carefully pour the pear sauce onto a fruit roll tray--already placed inside the dehydrating tray. Use a spatula to spread it to an even thickness. Repeat with other trays and dehydrate the same way you did the slices. (I set mine on the lowest setting overnight.)
- The fruit leather will darken fairly quickly. Once dried (it will no longer feel super sticky to the touch), lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Gently peel the fruit from the tray and lay it on the plastic. Cut through the plastic and the fruit to the center, creating pie slice shapes. Roll the slices from the center out, using the extra plastic around the edges to hold the rolls closed.
- These can be stored in the fridge, but my kids never let them last more than a month or two, so I usually just keep them in the cupboard.
My kids--even my picky ones--are gobbling these like crazy! It's so nice to see them eating something with no added sugar and loving it! (I used to add honey to keep the rolls from going brittle, but I forgot this year, and they were just fine without it. I think they actually tasted better.
Here are the products I used for this recipe:
Love fruit roll ups? Try dehydrating pears! They taste like candy. (Click on the image to go to the full tutorial. The image is linked.)
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