Hubby got me an Excalibur dehydrator a few years ago. He's good like that. I must admit though, that it has been grossly underused. So, the other day I was going through my freezers and canned goods and realized I had a lot of strawberries in the freezer and peaches that I had canned. Not wanting them to go to waste, I decided to make fruit leathers.
The kids love them. Lets face it, they taste like candy. They're also amazingly easy to make. For the strawberry, I just defrosted them and pureed them in the food processor. You could add more sugar if your strawberries aren't very sweet, or if you just like them that way, but ours were very sweet as is. The peaches were dumped into a strainer and then pureed.
The dehydrator has special sheets for the leathers, but I'm sure you could get away with parchment paper if you had to.
I've heard that you can also do this in your oven at the lowest setting, but I have no experience with that. My oven doesn't go below 200 and that would just cook them.
This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday.