Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fruit Leather - Homemade Via a Food Dehydrator Versus Store Bought

Fruit leathers are a great tasting, healthy snack that can be easily made with a food dehydrator. Homemade fruit leather's basic ingredients should consist of:

- ripe or slightly overripe fruit,

- if desired, juices, spices, nuts, coconut or applesauce for flavoring and or different textures and,

- if desired, honey, sugar or other sweeteners.

Fruits best suitable for leather include apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, grapes, oranges, pears, pineapples, plums, strawberries, tangerines, and tomatoes. Applesauce can be dried alone or added to any fresh fruit puree before dehydrating. Applesauce will add sweetness and make the roll up smoother and more pliable. Further, spices can be added to the pre-dehydrated fruit mixture including cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mace, mint, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. However, spices should be used sparingly.

Homemade leathers are wholesome, 100% fruit snacks that are easy and fun to make. In contrast to homemade fruit leathers, store bought roll ups are over processed, over priced, imitation fruit products that include extra sugars, extra corn syrups and trans fats as ingredients. Below is a listing of the major ingredients from a well known, branded fruit roll up product sold in a typical grocery store:

- Pears from concentrate,

- Corn syrup,

- Dried corn syrup,

- Sugar,

- Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil

To recap:

- Homemade fruit leather or roll ups - 100% fruit, 100% natural ingredients that you control.

Store bought roll up - Fruit juice, corn syrups and trans fat. - Go with the real thing - home made leathers made with your food dehydrator.

Visit Food Dehydrator to learn how to dehydrate food and make beef jerky and dried fruit. Use our content and calculators to discover the benefits of food dehydrators and dried food.

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