3/21/13

Mango Fruit Leather

I have really been trying hard to never let any produce go to waste. Sometimes I think it is just too time consuming to do something with it. I noticed a rotten mango in the depths of my fridge. Lonely, shriveled and forgotten. I vowed not to let that happen with the four in my fruit basket. So, because none of us really love to eat mangoes and I hate peeling and cutting them, I got it all over with at once to make this yummy fruit leather. I added the peeled and cut fruit to the blender and gave it a whir until smooth.


Next, I put it in a big pot and added about 1 1/2 cups of my home made applesauce which gets forgotten in the fridge as well. There was no visible mold at this point, so I threw that in. Add to that 2 T of raw honey and 8 drops lemon essential oil (optional, but worth it.) Give it a good stir, and it is ready to dehydrate.



I put a heaping 1 cup of puree on each sheet and use one of these spreaders to get it as even as possible. A little was left over. It was good. Let it dry for 8 hours or until it peels off the trays easily. You can also spread between 2 large jelly roll pans and put in oven at lowest setting overnight.



Clean up is a breeze with the help of my hungry back yard pigs chickens. I open the door and yell, "oh chickens!" And they come a- running.  On the left is a little action shot. I still get kinda weepy when I see them all running towards me and there is a noticeable void with our missing fat turkey (He was delicious.) Then I smile as I see the happy little girls..and one rooster gobbling up the tasty treat.


I smile some more when I see these happy children gobbling up a treat that is 100% pure goodness with some added love.






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12 comments:

  1. This sounds so yummy. It's been quite a while since I've used my dehydrator. I think I'll whip up a batch of these as soon as I find some mangos on sale.

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  2. Thanks for the great ideas on your blog. I look forward to your posts in my inbox. I will be making these strips for numbers 5 and 6 very soon.

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    1. Aw, thanks Helen. Glad you are enjoying it. I hope to keep you coming back!

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  3. Yum! I really wish I had a dehydrator. I would make these fruit leathers all the time. I always give in at the store and buy one as a snack when I go :) Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at True Aim!

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  4. Yummy! I have no experience with a dehydrator, but that's cool to know you can use it to make things like fruit leather. :)

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  5. 'Sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe! I love the action photo of your chickens running. I don't why a running chicken totally makes me laugh, but it does! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  6. You are on a roll! Thanks so much for sharing. I've been looking into getting a dehydrator - fingers crossed for Christmas!

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    1. I hope Santa finds that you have been a good girl!

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  7. My middle child loves mango it would never go bad in our house. Wondering what other fruit would be best to do this with? Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist.

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    1. I have a friend who goes nuts over mango too. They taught me a great way to open them so you don't waste so much fruit. Any fruit will work, applesauce, strawberries, peaches. Skies the limit!

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  8. This looks so good!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop this week!
    Sandra
    http://www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com

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  9. I have the same dehydrator but am still very new to using it. I have only used it twice, once to dry mango and once for jerky. What do you put on the shelves so that the purée does not fall through? This looks delicious and I would love to try it!

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