Facing the music. Taking the bull by the horns. Showing it who's boss. Grabbing the tiger by the tail. That seems dangerous. Hmmm. I guess dangerous fits. Using apples purchased in 1992, made into applesauce in 1993 and using in 2010 is a little dangerous. Especially when it looks like this.
Apple Fruit Leather
Lemon juice or other anti-browning agent (optional)
Preheat oven to lowest setting. The lowest setting for newer ovens is 170 degrees. Older ovens will go lower.
Lay parchment paper on a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. Make sure that it lies flat and won't fold back onto sauce. (You can use microwave safe plastic, however plastic and heat is not recommended anymore.) Spray with cooking spray or grease with butter or coconut oil.
If your applesauce doesn't have an anti-browning agent in it, add some. You will know if you made it and didn't add it. A little lemon juice works great. A couple of teaspoons per pan should be enough.
Pour applesauce onto greased parchment paper. Spread sauce evenly so it is a thin layer, about 1/8 inch thick. Sometimes shaking the pan or tapping it on the counter will help level it.
Place in oven. Remove when applesauce is dry to the touch. It will be somewhat sticky but not wet. This will be about 8-15 hours. It could take longer depending on your oven. Drying it overnight works great.Remove fruit leather from oven and let cool. Peel from parchment paper and roll up. Wrap in plastic and store in a cool dry place.
If you are drying during the day and need to use your oven, simply take out the fruit leather put it on your counter while you use your oven. Let your oven cool down before placing the leather back in the oven.
For a yummy treat, spread cream cream cheese on a piece of fruit leather and roll up.