I decided to make a batch of Peach Fruit Leather after our Peach tree had a huge bounty of peaches this year. We’ve had an enormous amount of rain and the right warm weather. It also helped that we didn’t have major bug issues. Also this year the neighborhood squirrels didn’t strip our tree….so peaches peaches peaches! They were ripening at a time when I just did not have the energy or time to process ( water bath can) them, so after giving away as many as I could, we made easy Peach Fruit Leather.
If you don’t have your own personal peach tree to collect peaches from, keep your ears out for a neighbor offering. They’re also farmer markets, fruit stands and pick your own places all over the place.
Another nice advantage to making fruit leather is you can use fruit that is overly ripe or has had a buggy or bird nibble on it. I don’t spray our peaches so they are not all perfect looking. You just cut those imperfect parts off since it all becomes blended it doesn’t matter.
The time measurement is just a basic estimate because each machine will be different. I cooked them for about 4 hours in the slow cooker. You then blend the peaches with either an immersion blender or regular blender and prepare the dehydrator. You’ll pour the blended peaches into the trays and then dehydrate typically for at least 12 hours. Some trays may dry quicker then others so just expect that this will need to be an open time process.
You'll want to have everything prepped as you are peeling the peaches. Peel and remove pit and any bruised or buggy parts. After you put several into the bowl or slow cooker, add a bit of lemon juice onto the peach to help keep it from going brown. Keep doing this until you are finished with the peaches. This recipe doesn't need to be exact. Approximately 8 cups of fruit to 1 cup of sugar. Adjust it to what you have. Add the sugar and mix.
Cook on low for 4 hours. Stir several times if necessary during the cooking process. Once it's cooked down you'll want to use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend it down to a thin texture.
For my dehydrator I cut parchment paper the size of each of the trays. I placed them at the bottom of each tray and then sprayed with cooking spray. Then carefully pour or scoop the fruit leather mixture into the trays and spread around, carefully making sure it doesn't get to thick or fall over the edges. It also shouldn't be too thin.
I don't have a temperature setting on my dehydrator. I set the trays on top of each other and turned it on. Every 4 hours I would change the order of the trays so that they would dehydrate more evenly. Once the entire tray is no longer sticky or mushy you'll know it's ready. I would let them sit for about 5 minutes, once out of the dehydrator before pulling a large section of Reynolds Wrap, pull off a section of the Peach Fruit leather from the parchment paper, lay it flat at the edge and roll it up.
Store in the fridge in a container or a large ziploc bag until they are ready to be consumed.