Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

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This weekend has been a total FAIL!   I had so many wonderful things planned and then I woke up Saturday morning SICK!  So it has been NyQuil all weekend and my poor girl stuck with nothing to do.  It always stinks when your parents are sick and you are stuck for a whole weekend in the house….I definitely identified with her!

So on Sunday, I finally got it together enough and made some homemade fruit roll-ups!  this was a new thing for me and it went pretty well

Here is how is all starts out

You need about 4 cups of hulled & chopped strawberries, 3/4 c of sugar, juice of a lemon, garbage bowl for the stem/leaves & wax paper

Hulling a strawberry means getting the very top part of the stems/leaves & white part off the strawberry so you are left with juicy deliciousness

There are strawberry hullers that you can purchase but a silver spoon  and garbage bowl does the trick

Once you have hulled & chopped all the strawberries then you put them in a blender with the sugar & lemon juice

and put the blender on puree until all the bits of strawberry are gone

then take this mixture and put it in a medium saucepan on medium high heat until it comes to a rapid simmer and then turn it down to medium low for about 30 minutes

It will be thin like the above but as it simmer to thicken up and it will start to look like this

Once it completely thickens up you will line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil or a silicone mat

But please don’t be like me and please use an offset spatula because a regular one just doesn’t give it enough love and then it looks like this

Don’t get me wrong….this completely works but it would be much more beautiful if I had an offset spatula

You will keep it in a 200 degree oven for about 3 hours until barely tacky

then let it cool completely and peel off the foil and put the smooth side on the wax paper and cut into strips

If it is still moist on the bottom- you can put it back in the oven for about 20 minutes

Looks just like what you buy in the grocery store but you know exactly what it is in it and can pronounce it all too!

Bella had some for breakfast this morning and it was a hit!

I am still working on the strawberry jam post….it has a lot of steps BUT totally worth it 😉

I have a funeral tomorrow and will be out of town but will catch up with you all on Wednesday.

Have a great Monday!

Do you prefer a fruit dehydrator or oven method?

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