Berry Fruit Leather
This is a super easy recipe and a perfect preservation technique for when you have an abundance of berries.
You don’t need a dehydrator and can use your own oven. My mother in law lives in super dry Utah and she simply covers her sheet pan with super fine mesh screen and places it outside for the sun to dry naturally. I’m in super humid Tennessee so I use my oven indoors.
Simply blend any berries you have in a food processor (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, dew berries, salmon berries, just to name a few). And keep the tops on your strawberries, don’t toss them! they’re loaded with heart healthy nutrients and blend beautifully with this recipe. Add some chia seeds for extra nutrition and protein and dehydrate. So easy!
For this batch I used:
4 C strawberry’s and tops
3 C blackberries
4 C blueberries
2 C raspberries
2 C chia seeds
*Blend the berries with your food processor in batches and pour into a large mixing bowl. Add about 2 C of chia seeds and blend well until thoroughly mixed. *Lightly oil 2 sheet pans with olive oil then place a sheet of parchment paper. The oil helps keep the paper in place. *Pour half of your berry mixture onto each sheet pan and then smooth out. You want the thickness to be 2-3 CM. Gently shake the pan to smooth. *Place the pans into your oven with the door slightly propped open so air can move freely (or dehydrator if you have one) and bake at 170* F for 6-10 hours depending on the amount of humidity you have as well as the thickness of your fruit leather. *Your fruit leather is done when it’s not tacky at all and you can pick it up and bend without tearing. *Cut your fruit leather into strips or squares and store in an airtight container. *If you’re not going to eat right away or if you have a lot of fruit leather you can extend it’s life by placing in the fridge.