Wondering what to do with older preserves from the previous year you’ve found at the back of the pantry? With a dehydrator, some applesauce, and jam or jelly, you can easily make your own delicious fruit leathers! Those of us who can every year sometimes have had the dilemma of opening up the pantry and seeing a swell of jams, jellies, or preserves that have been shoved to the back of the shelf and forgotten about- whether they are homemade, or gifts from a crafty preserving friend. Fruit leathers are an easy and delicious way to use your preserves and clear out some shelf space before the new canning season arrives!
What You’ll Need For Leftover Jam Fruit Leather
- A pint of unsweetened applesauce
- A half pint of jam/jelly/fruit preserves of choice
- A dehydrator with temperature control (Excalibur Food Dehydrator is used here)
- ParaFlexx sheets or parchment paper
- Spatula, ladle, whisk, and large bowl
**This will yield roughly two large ParaFlexx sheets worth of fruit leather. You can double or triple this recipe to make more at one time, especially if you have the Excalibur 9-tray Food Dehydrator at your disposal.
Step One: Applesauce. It’s great to use up any applesauce you may have canned the previous year. Of course, you can definitely use store bought applesauce as well.
Step Two: Jelly or jam! 1/2 pint of grape jelly is used in this instance, but be warned:- if your applesauce is sweetened, and the jelly has a lot of sugar in it, the result will be a very sweet, candy-like fruit leather. Kids and adults with a sweet tooth will definitely like this combo.