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By Leslie Seaton from Seattle, WA, USA (Fruit Leather) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
- Fresh fruit or berries
- Lemon juice - depending on fruit you choose
- Select ripe or slightly overripe fruit. Choose your favorite type of fruit
- Wash fresh fruit or berries in cool water. Remove peel, seeds and stem.
- Cut fruit into chunks. Use 2 cups of fruit for each 13" x 15" inch fruit leather. Pureé fruit until smooth.
- Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice for each 2 cups light colored fruit (like pears, apples or bananas) to prevent darkening.
- For drying in the oven a 13" X 15" cookie or jelly roll pan with edges works well. Line pan with plastic wrap being careful to smooth out wrinkles. Do not use waxed paper or aluminum foil.
- Spread pureé evenly onto the pan. Don’t get too close to the edge. Approximate drying times up to 18 hours in an oven at 140 degrees.
- While still warm, peel the fruit leather from plastic wrap and roll or cut into shapes. Store in plastic wrap. It will keep up to 1 month at room temperature or 1 year in the freezer.