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How to make crab apple fruit leather - Joybilee Farm

How to Make Crabapple Fruit Leather

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 12 hours
  • Total Time: 13 hours
  • Yield: 2 sheets 1x


  • 10 pounds of crabapples
  • sugar, to taste


  • Clean and core the crabapples
  • Put the crabapples in a large stock pot. Add 1 cup of water for every gallon of apples. Cook until the apples are soft, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
  • Run the cooked apples through a food mill to obtain a sauce consistency.
  • Sweeten the apple sauce (to taste) before pouring onto dehydrator trays.  I usually use  ½ cup of organic sugar per 4 cups of apple sauce.
  • Prepare dehydrator trays using tray liners, parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  • Pour the crabapple sauce on the dehydrator trays. Use a spatula to get every last bit of goodness out of the bowl, and to spread the apple sauce in an even layer over the trays. Keep the sauce at least 2 inches away from the edges of the dehydrator tray.
  • Dry at 51 degrees C for 7 to 10 hours, depending on the thickness of the sauce.  When it’s completely dry it will be pliable, have no mushy areas, and be evenly firm throughout the thickness of the sheet.
  • Once it’s fully dry remove the fruit leather from the dehydrator and remove the plastic wrap. While it’s still warm, cut it into 2 inch wide pieces using sharp kitchen shears, well lubricated with coconut oil.

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