Grandma Pfost's light & easy, healthy homemade fruit leather brings out the kid in all of us!
A Word about Pectin:
- For fruit leather to have the proper texture and taste, pectin and sweetness levels should be plentiful.
- Pectin is a structural heteropolysaccharide contained in the primary cell walls of terrestrial plants and is primarily used as a gelling agent in jams, jellies, juices and marmalades.
- Higher concentrations of pectin in conjuction with simple sugars will accelerate jelling and give your fruit leather body and chewiness.
- Apples, guavas, quince, plums, gooseberries, oranges and other citrus fruits contain large amounts of pectin, while soft fruits like cherries, grapes and strawberries contain small amounts of pectin.
- Adding an apple or plum to low-pectin fruit during the cooking process will help with your final product.