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Berry Good Fruit Leather Rolls for National Blueberry Month

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Berry Fruit Leather from Shaina Olmanson on Babble's Family Kitchen
Blueberry season is here. I adore summer just for the berries, and I find myself wanting to take them into the fall and winter season with me. One way to do this is to preserve them and can them, but another way we enjoy keeping them around a bit longer is by drying them into fruit leather snacks for the back-to-school season.

Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit which helps boost your immune system and prevent infections;

· According to a University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study, blueberries may reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease;

· The fiber, vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion and keep away constipation;

· The antioxidants in blueberries neutralize free radicals in the body you stay youthful!

Berry Good Fruit Leather
Ingredients:
4 cups Blueberries
Additional berries can be added such as strawberries and raspberries

Wash and slice the fruit. Place all fruit in blender and puree until smooth. Pour the puree onto the prepared trays, spreading it so the edges are thicker than the center. Dried leather will lift up at the edges.

Place the trays in the dehydrator until leather is dry but still tacky to the touch. If you don’t have a food dehydrator, you can use a parchment-lined baking sheet and dry them in the oven on its lowest setting. Times will vary depending on your oven, but check them after 45 minutes to see where they’re at.

Roll the leather while it’s still warm. Lay the leather out on plastic wrap, roll leather and plastic wrap into a roll, and wrap thoroughly in more plastic. Store the wrapped leathers in sealable plastic bags or airtight containers.

Recipe and facts courtesy of Excalibur Dehydrator

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson

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Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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