Dehydrating123: Making Applesauce Leather
Applesauce leather is a great hiking snack or addition to your backpacking meals. Sweet and spicy, it delivers an apple flavor into your dessert, drink, bread or dinner recipes.
You can make it from store-bought jars, but nothing beats the taste and aroma of homemade applesauce. It’s so easy to make, and it’s not filled with artificial colors or preservatives.
For this recipe you’ll need:
4 medium-size apples*
½ cup apple juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*For best result, choose apples that are naturally sweet, like Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Winesap, McIntosh, Yellow Delicious.
How to make applesauce leather
Peel, core and roughly chop apples.
Put the apples into a large saucepan. Pour in apple juice and lemon juice. Place over medium heat and bring to the boil.
Add sugar and cinnamon; stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
Purée apples using hand blender or food processor.
Spread the puree thinly on dehydrator trays covered with non-stick sheets or parchment paper.
Dehydrate at 52C/125F for 10-12 hours until pliable.
For the snack: cut applesauce sheet into strips, then roll.
Or break down applesauce sheet into smaller pieces. Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
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