One of my favorite ways to use ripe fruit is by making fruit roll-ups. In my opinion it’s the best way to use fully ripe fruit, because the fruit is ripe, it’s very sweet, and that means that you don’t have to add sugar to make these fruit roll-ups great. Additionally fruit roll-ups are so super easy to make and a great way to reinvent a fruit that you have an abundance of. I have dehydrator, but these can be done in an oven. Just set your oven to 150 or the lowest possible setting. If you don’t own a dehydrator yet, I suggest that you get one, they are really inexpensive around $40-$50 on the lower end–these work fine, and $299 on the higher end. But they are so useful! At the least you’ll be able to make some of my favorite fruit roll-up recipes like: Tropical punch fruit roll-ups, pineapple fruit roll-up, Strawberry-apple fruit roll-ups or strawberry fruit roll-ups.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 4-6 hours
5 ripe pears
Directions: Quarter the pairs and remove the core. Add cored pears to a blender,
Blend until smooth.
Pour the pear puree out onto a piece of parchment paper or a silpat, and smooth out into a thin layer.
Place in a dehydrator on 134F for 4-6 hours.
Alternatively you can place the parchment paper or silpat on a cookie sheet and place in the oven on the lowest setting for 4-6 hours.
Now that summer has arrived we are constantly on the go. Which means that we spend much more time in the car. My daughter does surprisingly well on car rides, however, she does better if I am armed with plenty of games to fill her time, and of course snacks don’t hurt. She is extremely fond of apple strings–apples that I run through my vegetable spiralizer on the spaghetti attachment, however they oxidize so quickly after making them, I like to save those for home snacks. Enter fruit roll-ups, she loves them and they are extremely travel friendly. If you follow this blog, then you know I have several recipes for fruit rolls ups my tropical punch fruit roll-ups are my absolute favorite, but the pineapple, or strawberry fruit roll ups are equally as delicious!
10 ounces of strawberries stems removed
2 medium sized apples, cores removed
Directions: Place the strawberries and apples in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture out onto a parchment lined sheet and smooth into a thin layer.
Place in a dehydrator on 134 for 4-6 hours, or in a oven on the lowest setting for 4-6 hours.
Fruit roll-ups are done when you can peel them off of the parchment without them sticking.