I am trying to juice more. It’s a great way to use up fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator that have passed their prime for fresh eating. This week I made a delicious blend of apple, kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, and orange juice. It was so yummy!
One thing that has always bothered me about juicing is the left over pulp. I really hate just putting it in the compost. I want to use it. It’s still good stuff!
Yesterday, I made fruit leather with the leftover fruit juice pulp! It was easy, and my kids took it on the school field trip yesterday. All the kids enjoyed it, even those not used to healthy eating!
How to make homemade fruit leather from leftover juice pulp
- Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper
- Press the fruit pulp evenly. (Thicker spots will cause it to not dry evenly)
- Place in a dehydrator at 115 degrees for 12-14 hours.
- Cut into strips (I just cut it right with the waxed paper).
This fruit leather may not look as pretty as store bought fruit leather, and it may be more pulpy and full of fiber, but it very tasty. I love how we had pockets of kiwi, pockets of raspberries, pockets of apples, etc. on each sheet. Some recipes I found online suggest using a sweetener, like honey, but I found this was not necessary.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, check your oven. Our oven has a dehydrator setting. Even if yours does not, if you can set the temperature low enough, you can use it.
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