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I tried this with bananas….it turned pitchy black and looks horrible. What did I do wrong?
Hi, Skye — Bananas discolor pretty quickly. The fruits recommended to use in this recipe are: apricots, peaches, plums, berries, apples, pears, grapes. Try with one of those, and I’m sure you will have much better luck.
What can I use if I don’t have wax paper, parchment paper to the clear wrap?
The plastic wrap also doubles as a way to store it. I wouldn’t use wax paper in the oven, but you could try parchment–it may not work quite as well, but you could try it. Thanks for your question, Ashley–I hope that helps?
We are trying your method and trying parchment paper in our dehydrator. My wife put a light layer of olive oil on the parchment paper hoping to eliminate any sticking. Hoping for the best.
Can I use dry apricots for this recipe??
Hi Carol! No, unfortunately, that won’t work. You really do need fresh fruit for this recipe. Thanks for your question!
I decided to try with bananas and strawberries because they are cheap, and used parchment paper. Leather and paper fused together, there was no saving it, I had to throw it away. I wonder how did it work for others?
possibly you dried the leather too much. I used parchment paper the first time and chunks of it did fuse like you say.
now I use reusable plastic sheets that go with my dehydrator, with no issues.
It’s the bananas, I have not gotten them to work in any fruit leather combination
I’ve never had trouble with parchment apricot leather in the dehydrator. Maybe it depends on how wet your fruit is and the type of fruit.
I just made apple butter and when cleaning up after I noticed a spot had dried to the counter. I scrapped it up and thought, I should make fruit leather!
Im curious. If there are any persians out there, isnt this basically one style of lavashak?? Because it seems like it
sounds like it! My husband is persian. We have lavashak in the frig right now! ;)
Question… Can you use wax paper instead of plastic?
I tried that first and it stuck to it.
I’ve heard parchment paper works well but haven’t tried it yet.
Fantastic mine turned out fantastic, I did pears I peeled them did exactly as the recipe calls I tried cooking it at 170 but all that did was to make condensation in my oven, after I turn the heat up to 200 then it really started drying out like it should. I think all ovens are probably a little different. I used silicone sheets that I had purchased and once it was done it peeled off perfectly and is soft yet not too soft just like the fruit leather should be thanks again for the wonderful recipe
I’d be curious if you have a link to silicone sheets? I would never cook it on plastic : /
Can you use medlars (bletted) with red fruits as sweeten?
Hi, Hazel! This isn’t something that we’ve tried before, but since medlars are a fruit, I see no reason why they wouldn’t behave the same as other fruits used to make fruit leather. If you like the flavor of them, then go for it! Please report back and let us know how it went!
Question. If you are dehydrating something, why am I first adding water to it?
The water helps cook/break down the fruit so you have make a mash out of it.
You have to add water to cook the raw fruit and make it spreadable.
Actually, if you use a pressure cooker, you don’t need to add water and cooks faster too.
Do you have to leave the oven open?
Hi Syd, not in our oven. But if your oven doesn’t go to that low of a temperature, perhaps leaving it slightly ajar will work.
Won’t the plastic wrap melt?
Hi Hugi, use microwave safe plastic wrap and you should be fine.
Parchment paper is much better than plastic wrap. I also recommend honey over sugar. Have to be very careful with exposure to plastics during food prep.
Isn’t it coated with Teflon?
Parchment paper is not coated with Teflon.
Do I need to remove the peel/skin from peaches to make peach fruit leather?
Hi Tom, no, since you are going to purée the mixture anyway, it shouldn’t matter if you peel the peaches.
My oven is set at 170 (won’t go any lower.) It’s been in for 9 hours and is still very damp. I didn’t add water, no need with the strawberries, lemon and a touch of honey. How much longer will it take to become firm or should I call it a day on this project?
Hi, Heather! I’d continue going! As Elise says in the recipe, with some fruits, it can take longer — up to 12 hours. Good luck!
Lol it started to form about 15 mins ago!!!
Excellent news! High five!
I never use sugar but stevia if needed. I like to use wild raspberries and blackberries together with 1 lemon juiced and no water added. Also i put it on parchment paper before baking so i just roll and cut into strips. Voila!
Do you strain the seeds out of your raspberries? Going to try it for my first time!
KJ, it’s best to start with an applesauce base to keep it pliable. I go up to 50/50 applesauce/other-fruit ratio.
It dried hard crack. Not sure what I did. Husband loved it ate it all. Going to try it again. Maybe too thin.
I used apples, cinnamon, coconut sugar and lemon… used baking paper and turned out fantastic… I am in Australia so oven temp was 50 celcius with the door open for about 8 hours…
i used your idea Fiona and wow…… need to make more its already gone. back to the kitchen I go. Apple trees are plentiful this year. YAY!!!!!
what are the total measurements?
Hi, Cookawesome! Emma here, managing editor for Simply Recipes. This is a really flexible recipe so you can use whatever amount of fruit you have! I’d start off with at least 4 cups of chopped fruit, but you can scale up as much as you like. If you do a large quantity, you may need to bake the fruit leather on two baking sheets. Hope this helps!