Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Mango fruit leathers and kitchen disasters

Over the weekend I whipped up my first batch of mango fruit leathers.

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and the fruit dried a lot quicker than I expected. I’m still learning how to use my dehydrator, but I’m getting better at it each time I use it.

I made three sheets. Two were dried on wax paper since only one fruit leather tray came with my dehydrator. The manual said use plastic wrap, but I’m leery of doing that for various reasons.

Well, that was a mistake! The mango melted into the wax paper! So I had to throw away both batches. I was able to get nine strips out of the fruit leather tray.

I couldn’t find fruit leather trays (also called fruit roll-ups) locally, but I found some online. Four new trays should arrive in time for my birthday. I can’t wait to try it again!

The other kitchen disaster I had over the weekend involved mayonnaise. I don’t usually keep mayo on hand, but really wanted some to go on a tomato sandwich. (Thanks, Brian, for the tomatoes!)

I used a recipe I’ve used in the past, so knew it would turn out great. But it didn’t. I was left with a runny mess. I tried it again, figuring I added the olive oil too quickly. Yep, that was it. So, make sure you add in oil in very small quantities if you ever make mayo!

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