Let your slow cooker help cook fresh peaches into a easy fruit puree that you can then turn into healthy Crock-Pot Peach Fruit Leather using a food dehydrator with this fun recipe!
Crock-Pot Peach Fruit Leather
I have been waiting to be able to make fruit leather for several years, and just needed a good harvest from our peaches and this year it happened and so I made Crock-Pot Peach Fruit Leather.
The Crock-Pot is the 2nd main step in the 4 steps to making fruit leather. Your 4 steps are:
- Boiling and peeling your peaches.
- Crock-Pot cooking to reduce the water content.
- Blending using an Immersion Blender to make a super smooth puree.
- Dehydrating in a food dehydrator to make the final fruit leather.
I purchased my dehydrator several years ago and have been dehydrating apple slices a lot, and was so happy that this slow cooker peach fruit leather worked so well.
You can purchase fruit roll up sheets that go into the dehydrator for the fruit leather to dry on, but if you don’t want to make that kind of investment you can use what I used, which is these Reynolds Cooking Baking Sheets.
They also work great for cooking just about anything on a cookie sheet. I use them all the time so I had some on hand. While you can order them online at stores like Amazon, you should also be able to find them in most grocery stores here in the United States, they are typically sold in packs of 4.
One of the great things with this recipe is it should work for a various varieties of fruit. You’ll want to pick fruits that don’t brown too badly. So peaches, nectarines, apricots, berries, strawberries, pineapples, mango’s, etc. And you can do a fruit base and then add additional fruit or berries to jazz it up. For instance if you have a lot of peaches or nectarines do mostly those and then add in some berries for a nice berry blend.
Also, in a pinch your fruit base can be applesauce, either homemade or store bought….then add other fruits to make your fresh fruits stretch out and add flavor. This is a great money saver too since applesauce is much cheaper than fresh fruit and still packs health benefits and fiber to your finished fruit leather.
This will take time to boil fruit, cut, cook in the Crock-Pot until mushed enough, blended and then it will really depend on your dehydrator how long this portion will take. I would expect at least 9 hours. I found with mine that I needed to change the order of my fruit trays, because the bottom dried faster than the top. So although the recipe says 4 hours, that is only for the Crock-Pot portion. It was an overnight deal for the dehydrator. I also would not place the crock on high, as you’re risking burning the fruit.
I know this sounds complicated but it really isn’t. And the results are so much more healthier than store bought “fruit snacks” which are really nothing more than candy.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
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