When you were younger, were you a fan of fruit roll ups too?
These SCOBY fruit leathers really hit the spot and are very easy to make! If you recall from my previous post, SCOBY is the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that is used to produce kombucha. In the fermentation process the SCOBY continues to grow and after multiple cycles you really start to have a lot of this stuff… like a lot.
The problem is, there really isn’t much you can do with the SCOBY besides giving it to a friend to brew their own kombucha or throwing it away…. UNTIL NOW!
I found this recipe for fruit leathers from @bonappetitmag a year ago and I have been using it ever since whenever I feel I have too much SCOBY in my brews.
The recipe couldn’t be simpler:
1 cup chopped up SCOBY
Few splashes of kombucha
2 cups fruit
¼ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Chop SCOBY into small pieces (Smaller than a quarter)
In a saucepan combine fruit, sugar and salt and bring up to a simmer over med-low heat. You want the fruit to release its juices.
Add the chopped SCOBY, kombucha, and the fruit mixture to a high power blender. Blend until smooth.
If you find your blender needs more help, add more kombucha to aid in lubrication.
Pour the puree onto 2 silicone baking mats and spread thin layer.
To dry them there are a few routes. The Bon appetit route uses a dehydrator, but I don’t have the luxury of storage space for such a device… so I made use of a fan to constantly blow cool air over the purees. This worked like a charm! It took about 8-10 hours, but the results were fantastic! Times could vary depending on your conditions at home. But do not stop until your fruit leathers are dry and tacky.
All that’s left to do is cut your leathers to your desired shape!
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