Homemade Blackberry Fruit Roll Ups !

“Are you gunna make fruit roll ups today”? Nope, that is not a four year old. That was my husband bugging me for the last few days. So yes. Today I took my first shot at home made blackberry fruit roll ups, in our new dehydrator (see bottom).

And here’s how we did it.
1. Pick a big freezer bag size of local blackberries from all your neighbour’s bushes. Prime time= end of August.
2. Clean and dry.


3. Make an apple sauce in blender just in case whatever kind of berry you choose needs thickening. Use the fruit bowl apples you hoped said husband would take for lunches but never does.


4. Put bag of blackberries in blender on low til they produce a somewhat thick syrup. Use juice if needed to get the blender goin’. Yum.


5. Mix apple w blackberries.


6. Pam spray roll up flat inserts. We did three.


7. Pour mixture on evenly. Lick spatula.


8. Turn dehydrator on to 130-140 degrees for 4-8 hrs.


9. Take out when leathery dry.
10. Cut to size. Roll. Store individually in seran and store in a Ziploc in freezer. They come out looking like photo #7.

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#10  the New Lee Valley Dehydrator.

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Please don’t call me “strawberry shortcake” (just cuz I have red hair)

So the topsy turvy experiment (see previous spring posts) is in full BLOOM now! These things are amazing ~ idiot proof. Also- I just saw the containers for $20 each at Zellers.. and I got them for $2 each at liquidation world. Yeah me. And yeah sun! We have been enjoying a super red tasty treat of strawberries, now and then – no huge crop at once yet. I’ve rotated them monthly and water them nightly. Easy peasey. The bottom shot is the cherry tomatoe plant that is covered in little green gems. The regular tomatoe plant is maybe a week behind and twice the size. Can’t wait to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with!

Speaking of which… I treated myself to the deluxe Lee Valley Dehydrator ! I know, right? I even ordered the extra trays and the extra flat roll sheet for making your own dried fruit roll ups! Also exciting news n the growing front.. we have a pear tree. I thought it was plums because they had bums a few weeks ago. Stay tuned for pear stuff end of September! 

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Gluten-free ~fad or awesome?

http://www.nutrista.ca is a website to check out! It’s our framework & support for this month’s gluten-free challenge!

My husband and I trying being Gluten-free for 30 days in May! It seems everyone’s doing it. I completed the wild rose 12 day detox just before it. See previous posts. So I was already open to education, change etc..

What am I gaining from being gluten free for a month?
Bloating gone. The veins in my feet and an ab or two were spotted.
A newfound relationship and I might even say “love” for quinoa, chick peas…
Got into the great and cheaper habit of packing a lunch and snacks to work every day! It isn’t hard to do actually, as we got into other good habits like making extras on big meals on the weekend. My husband has a love affair with glass Pyrex so that met his needs. Lol.
As well, packing Lunches & snacks helped me realize & measure my work / commute energy (or lack there of if I ate out at lunch~ junk).
Wheat Belly Book excerpts were interesting and make sense.
Less beer is likely a good idea. But Boo.
Some weight loss. -a belt hole for sure.
New recipes. More ethnic goods and spices!
Lifestyle changes as opposed to diets.. Hurray for us & week three of being gluten-free.
Here’s some stuff I made this week: more dehydrated apples, satsuma oranges & kiwis. Trail mix curried nuts with raw soybeans, sunflower seeds, almonds, dried kiwis, apples, pears & pineapples. the vij’s curry chick pea recipe.

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What’s your experience or thoughts about choosing a gluten-free lifestyle! Please share your comments. Xo.

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