My parents planted an orchard around their house. For some reason, this year the plums are what bore fruit.
Loads and loads of fruit.
I brought home about ten pounds of plums and stared at them in consternation, wondering what in the world I was going to do with them all.
So I figured that I would make some into jelly and the rest into fruit leather.
The jelly turned out pretty good.
It's a wonderful red color, and tastes pretty good, if a bit tangy.
My fruit leather also turned nicely into leather after about 30 hours dehydrating on plastic-wrapped cookie sheets in the oven. (Set to Warm and left on overnight, too!)
The trouble was, I ran out of sugar, and believed all the websites that said, "Oh, as it dries, the sugar content of the fruit concentrates and you don't need to add much sugar!"
Bull. This leather is like eating Warheads.
I did add a bit of sugar, though, so in spots it's nice and sweet. The kids aren't too fond of it. I think I'll probably eat this whole batch myself. The texture is exactly like a fruit roll-up, though, and upon looking at it, I recalled how fruit roll-ups have a sort of grainy texture when held up to the light.
Know what that grainy texture is?
So yes, I think my next attempt at fruit leather is going to be strawberry. With sugar. About 3 pounds of it.