52 Homesteading Skills in One Year: Project #26: Homemade fruit leather
I’m halfway there! Only 26 homesteading skills left to learn and two months to complete them. Wait a second… So it took me 10 months to learn 26 skills and now I only have two months to learn the next 26?
I’m not sweating as I type this. No, that is not my eye twitching. I totally got this. I’m just going to have to complete three or four of these a week. No problem!?!
Tip: When you come up with a great idea or maybe…ahem….a challenge for yourself, you may be feeling on top of the world – like you can accomplish anything. And maybe you can. But do not on a whim decide to announce this idea to all your friends and family members. Keep it to yourself for a while. Take the time to think about it first. If not, you could end up with two months to complete 26 homesteading skills. I’m just saying.
This weekend was Ella’s and Jack’s big birthday bash. So I thought I would combine my homesteading skills challenge with the party. You can imagine how excited the kids were when I told them I would be handing out healthy homemade fruit rolls ups instead of the standard candy fare. They were thrilled! Kind of…
This year I planted a peach tree in hopes that someday I will have hundreds of pounds of fruit to process. But even if that never happens, this recipe will still come in handy. Fruit leather is pricey to buy at the store. Making it at home is cheaper, healthier and so easy.
6 cups chopped peaches (Can also be made with any other fruit. Get creative.)
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
Pop your peaches into the freezer for a couple hours and then run them under warm water to easily remove the peel.
If you want to impress your friends at your next party, you could show them this trick. In fact, you should all come over to my place for a celebration and I can share a bunch of these really cool party tricks. Wouldn’t that be fun? No really!
Preheat your oven to its lowest setting. Mine is 170° F. Line a 11 x 17 baking sheet with parchment paper.
Puree the peaches, honey and cinnamon in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture onto parchment paper and spread to about a 1/8″ thick. Spread the fruit a little thicker along the edges as it will cook fastest here.
Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 hours or until the surface is smooth and no longer sticky.
While the fruit is still warm, peel off the fruit leather from the parchment paper and cut into strips using a pizza cutter. Roll into parchment paper and store in an air-tight container.
Now who is ready for a party at my place – only healthy snacks and lots of cool party tricks. I just know you are excited!