Strawberry Fruit Leather (nothin' but fruit!)

 When you've got too many berries, or soft squishy berries, fruit leather is a great way to use up and preserve the extra! And the result is easy to pack for work/school snacks, hiking or road trips.  I did these with strawberries that I picked for $1.50 a pound!

Puree fruit/berries until smooth. You may need to add a little water to get it started.

Some folks add agave, maple syrup or honey to sweeten, but I think fruit is generally sweet enough! Plus too much sweetener will make it difficult to dehydrate all the way.

Pour approx 1 to 1.25 C puree onto a 14" x 14" dehydrator tray, lined with parchment, plastic wrap or teflex sheet.

Spread it out to cover the tray- making the edges slightly thicker than the center. This is unintuitive, but I learned it from the Excalibur Dehydrator book and they are right! the reason is that the edges dry faster than the center. If the edges are thicker then they don't get crunchy by the time the center is dry.

Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 hours or as long as it takes to get a fruit leather consistency. Don't overdry or it will be crispy.

Pull the finished fruit leather off the dehydrator trays, transfer each sheet, one by one to a cutting board, sticky side down.

Slice into 1-2 " thick strips. (If you roll and then slice the layers get all stuck together).

Then roll up, with the sticky side facing out (it seemed easier to roll this way).

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