Roll-ups: Easy, Homemade, and Customizable

You know how the ingredients list on most fruit roll-ups is a mile long with unpronounceable names? Well, maybe not a mile, but you know what I mean. I found that kind of scary, but I found a new, easy way to make them that really doesn’t take that much time. All you need is fruit, some roll-ups mats (see below), a blender, and a dehydrator. You probably could use an oven if it can do a really low temperature, but mine doesn’t do that. A dehydrator it is!

There are a large variety of dehydrators out there, so picking one can be difficult. I had a couple different kinds gifted to me when I started gardening, but they never worked that well. Nevertheless, I was thankful for them, and they worked way better than I ever got the paper bag method to work for herbs. Anyway, I now love, and constantly use, my Excalibur

Back to the subject at hand: roll-ups. There are a ton of possibilities, but we are going to keep it simple today. The favorite fruit roll-ups in my house, by far, is strawberry. So that is what I am making. Unfortunately, not all fruits are easily used for roll-ups, but some good ones are strawberries, peaches, pears, pineapples, bananas (oh! Maybe you could add peanut butter?!), apricots, apples (try applesauce for a shortcut), cherries, and cranberries (definitely need a sweetener for that one!). I haven’t tried this yet, but I plan to try doing blackberries and/or raspberries. They will probably also need a sweetener, but it might be fun to try at least.

The only ingredient: strawberries. However, if you want to add a liquid sweetener (I would recommend honey), that is an option.

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Tools:

  • Blender
  • Dehydrator
  • Roll-up mats (Paraflexx, parchment paper, or plastic wrap)
  • Knife, pizza cutter, or sharp scissors
  • Strainer

Steps:

    1. Wash and hull strawberries.   
    2. Blend until smooth. I ended up slicing mine because my blender couldn’t handle whole strawberries. Do whatever works for you! This is where you would add the honey.
    3. Spread thinly on roll-up mat. The thickness will completely depend on how you want it to turn out, and how long you are willing to wait. I spread ours fairly thinly (less than 1/4″) because I really didn’t want to wait long!                                                                                                         
    4. Put in dehydrator and dehydrate at 135 degrees until leathery.
    5. Let cool and then cut into strips (don’t cut on the Paraflexx).
    6. Roll and Enjoy!

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That time will vary greatly on a variety of factors, such as the thickness of the spread, humidity and temperature of your house.  This time of year, in my house, it generally takes about 2 to 3 hours.

Be careful to not leave them in for too long though! I did that the first round through and made strawberry paper. Its taste was similar, but the texture was not very pleasant. The kids didn’t mind though. LOL. Here’s what it looks like when its been done too long:

These roll-ups can last for up to a month in an airtight container in your pantry…if you can keep your family away from them that long! I hope you enjoy these as much as my little family has! I guarantee that you will be down to your last one in no time at all!

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