Do it yourself fruit leather? Don't.

It broke my heart when Costco stopped selling my beloved fruit leather. So I got all motivated and found a recipe to make it myself. It sounded so easy. That was my first mistake.

I stocked up on fruit. I bought cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I blended them. I made an entire batch of each fruit.

I was so excited. So hopeful.

I waited for hours and hours and hours until they were dry. Seriously, I had them in there for 10 hours.

And naturally, my hand is stained again. I can't do any project without making a mess. At least it's not spray paint this time.

And what did I end up with?

And a whole bunch of this.


So after all that, I went on over to Stretch Island and just ordered some. Save yourself the aggravation and do the same.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I have always wanted to try making leathers but after reading your post I think I will stick to just buying them. Im not too sure I have the patience for all that work. (**Note to self.... Pray for more Patience:) )


  2. I'm trying very hard not to laugh with-I mean at-you. I too understand the DIY dried stuff...yeah...I too had some epic fail in that department!

  3. i think my brother tried it one time, i think he had the same idea, he could make his own, it'll be cheaper, better, etc. turned out awful! LOL didn't want to hurt his feelings, but it did not taste good. i am sure there has got to be a way for it to turn out good, just not sure what that is..........

  4. I think it actually *looks* right? You're an adventurous gal... LOL

    Visiting from SITS.

  5. At least you tried it! Right? Hubby and I tried doing that exact same thing the year he got his food dehydrater-thing (lol) and it didn't end up very good either.

    Glad you found a place to order from!

  6. Is that like fruit rollups? It looks like you did a good job to me! Wow, cheers to you for being so dedicated! You are one Superwoman!!

    I found your cute blog through SITS! Can't wait to read more of your mommy stories!

  7. It doesn't look too bad...did it taste awful? It sounds like a cool experiment, anyway!

  8. Aw I'm sorry it didn't turn out so well. My mom used to make them using apricots. They turned out pretty good, just make it a bit thicker and 'peel' them off before they're too dry.
    My mom would be put them on freezer sheets (i think) and would keep them on it. so they would be peeled off before being eaten... the sheets also protected the fruit and acted as a wrapper.
    Don't give up!

  9. I've made some using a dehydrator and it turned out great! Obviously it's easier to buy but I love knowing the ingredients are simply fruit and a touch of lemon juice. I bought the dehydrator at Unique Thrift in Chicago for $10.


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