Holding Strawberries / Fruit Leather

askpv askpv at ozemail.com.au
Fri Jun 2 20:39:57 EDT 2000


we make fruit leather here in winter,
too much picking in summer.
we pick the fruit stew with as little water as possible then freeze until it
gets cool.
then we simply boil and add sugar as though we are making jam but don't have
to get to
115celcius because it doesn't have to set.  we have used a little less sugar
than jam and
it was fine.
we don't bother with wrapping paper anymore it is too fiddly.
we just put the leathers onto oiled trays and then scrape it off when they
are dry.
we dry the leather at 50c fan-forced overnight.  (we can't do solar drying
here it is too humid).

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-----Original Message-----
From: cathy mcgregor-smith [mailto:mcsmiths at elgin.net]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 May 2000 8:36
To: market farming
Subject: Re: Holding Strawberries / Fruit Leather


hello
i used to make excellent fruit leathers (roll-ups) for my daughters when
they were young
and i had more time.
first mash the ripe berries and mix with honey, spread on plastic paper and
put in food
dryer.
i would save the plastic wax paper from the inside of cereal boxes.
the other students would always try to trade their "joe louis" for the
organic fruit roll
ups.
cathy from  mcsmith's organic farm in ontario

Allan Balliett wrote:

> This is our first year to have any quantity of strawberries. We grow
> for CSA. WE are organically certified. We are growing an everbearing
> variety that was namelessly donated to us.
>
> While we pick the berries daily, I'm appalled by the short storage
> life they have. It seem like about 4 hours!! We are essentially
> moving them from the field to the 42 degree fridge in gallon
> containers without washing. Within a couple of hours they seem very
> soft and there has been some mold growing. Should I dip the berries
> in something or is there some other prep I should be doing?
>
> I asked about drying strawberries earlier. I'm not happy with the
> results we got. Now I'm ready to try fruitleather. Can someone give
> me tips on making fruit leather, especially from strawberries?
>
> Thanks
>
> -Allan
>
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