It’s that time again! Time to preserve fruit, oh and get the kids back to school. This is my favorite time of year to make fruit rolls because of all the juicy fruits that are in season. You can get really creative with this recipe and use a variety of fruits. My Dad has a plum tree, so I usually use plums for my base. We moved to Colorado this year and I don’t have access to his awesome plums. This led me to a trip to the grocery store. I went to get some at Sprouts and they were out, so I had to settle for organic pluots, which actually turned out great. I also used organic apples, nectarines, and grapes. My Dad likes to use wild blackberries in his fruit rolls, but as you can imagine lots of different fruits will work. Some other things that are helpful in making these is a high powered blender (I use a NutriBullet), a food dehydrator ( I have an Excalibur), and parchment paper.
I cut the fruit up and leave the skins on. As you can see from the pics, I started with the larger NutriBullet RX and then I switched to the smaller one. It just blended better in the smaller one. I didn’t add any water. The juice from the fruit was enough to make a thick juice blend. Pia pours it onto the drying rack covered with parchment paper and tilts the rack to spread the juice over a larger area. Then we put them into the dehydrator at 130 degrees for about a day and a half. I check it every couple of hours. If I cook it too long and it gets crispy on the edges, I just let it sit and absorb some moisture from the atmosphere. I checked my oven to see how low the temperature would go. It will bake at 170 degrees, so if you decide to use the oven keep an eye on it and check every 30 min. The fruit roll should pull off easy and you can roll it and cut into smaller pieces.
You have a couple different options for storing your fruit rolls. My Dad likes to store them in a ziplock bag and put them in the fridge. I imagine they last several months that way. I like to vacuum seal them. They should last a year if you vacuum seal them.
If you have any great fruit combinations that you’d like to share, please comment below!