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The inspiration for this leather came from my latest trip to a fruit stand that is along what they call the “Fruit Loop” here were I live. There are 30 farms / orchards that have fruits stands that you can visit throughout the summer. They sell, fruit, veggies, homemade jams, and many other wonderful treats made from the local produce. One day…Oldfather Farms will be on the Fruit Loop! :)
During my visit to the fruit stand, I got to chatting with one of the workers and I asked her what they did with the fruits that were too ripe to sell or were perhaps “deformed”. She said they set them aside in the back walk in coolers and sell them as what they call, seconds. She said they get people who come in looking for overly ripe fruit to can. My eyes got big and bright as my mind immediately started formulating recipes! I asked her if they had any on hand and she said…”Follow me.” I was so giddy as I made my selection and we both walked out carrying 2 cases of fruit. Let me put this is better perspective because I still can’t believe that I got such a good deal.
A 1/2 flat of peaches was selling for $12.00. They were all snuggled individually in the box. They were all the same size and color. They were beautiful. My case of “seconds” (not 1/2 flat, but a CASE) was sold to me for $10.00!!! They were all snuggled up with one another, they ranged in size, color and many hand deformities. When I say deformities, an example would be that when the peach or fruit was growing, it was resting on a branch, therefore an indentation was grown into it. Now, some did have bruises and 90% were in need of instant processing but for what I needed for (leathers) they were a gold find!! The pictures below are ones that I took of my so-called “second” peaches and apricots. I couldn’t be any happier! Next time you visit your local farmers market or if you have fruit stands near you, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any “seconds”. :) So, that is why I named this leather Thank-giving Pumpkin Peach Fruit Leather. I am giving thanks for this blessed fruit!
Before we get started, I wanted to let you know that I peeled my peaches. I didn’t mean to and you don’t have to, but I thought it was only fair to tell you exactly how I made this recipe. lol What happened was, I was washing the peaches when my husband called me. We were both in a chatty mood and as I got caught in conversation with this lovely man… without thought started peeling the peaches…. I found it so easy to remove the skins and I was having fun with it. I am strange that way. haha. By the end of our talk, I had peeled them all! Now mind you, these peaches were very ripe so the skins about undressed themselves. I quick grabbed a snap shot of how I peel them, just in case you are new to this.
Starting from the left: peach #1 – that is a whole peach, nothing is done to it other than I washed it. Peach #2 – I slide the knife around the peach, down to the pit on both sides. Peach #3 – grabbing the corner of the peach skin at the top, I simply peeled the skin back and off. #4 – I made one other cut in between the already made cuts and the wedges just popped out as shown in the picture. Easy-peezy!
Topping Ingredients: yields 1 cup
Photo above: This is what the leather looks like as I am heading to the dehydrator with it. I tend to spread mine thick.