Squash Leather….What?

Here goes my first blog post! I know, weird first post right – squash leather?

Today I accidentally heated up some frozen cooked butternut squash from the freezer, thinking it was Butternut Squash Soup. Nope – just plain old cooked & pureed butternut squash. The kids don’t like cooked squash very much and seeing how I am almost out of flour – baking was out of the question. So I needed another use. I had just noticed a recipe this morning for Pumpkin Leather in the book The Homesteading Handbook (yes, I read stuff like this!) I usually use pureed squash as a substitute for pumpkin in many baking recipes. This because of the very LARGE harvest of squash I had last fall and did not grow any pumpkins. So thought I’d make the same swap here too. Here is the recipe:

Squash Leather:

  • 2 Cups Cooked & Pureed Squash
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Powdered Cloves

Blend ingredients well. Spread on a fruit roll sheet, that has been rubbed lightly with oil. Dry at 140 degrees until “leathery”. This can also be done in the oven. Spread on tray or cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap. Dry at 140 degrees for several hours.

To test for dryness, touch the center of the leather – no indent should remain evident. Once dry – cut into pieces or shapes and roll up. Store in air-tight container.

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Finished product – not sure why it cracked. Possibly because this was once frozen, cooked squash? Or maybe those spots were spread thicker with the squash. Another tip – if you have a hard time peeling the leather off the sheet, let it cool longer!

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The finished product is actually quite good – tastes so nice and sweet from the honey. What do you think -Squash Leather – look yummy?

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