- Select sweet berries that are firm, ripe and have a good solid color.
- Wash berries, remove caps and cut into 1/2″ slices. You can also cut them in half lengthwise.
- Dry cut-side up at 130 to 140 degrees F. Use a dehydrator or dry in an oven if you are able to set the oven temperature low enough.
- Drying time depends on the size of the berry pieces, exposure to air to cut surfaces, temperature, air circulation and method of drying.
- 7 to 15 hours for slices.
- 24 to 36 hours for whole berries.
- Dried strawberries should be pliable and leathery with no bits of moisture.
- After drying, cool fruit for 30 minutes.
- Store in an air-tight or vacuum-sealed container. For longer storage, freeze.
University of Minnesota Extension. Home Food Preservation Newsletter, June 2012. : How to dry strawberries at home
How long do strawberries take to dry?
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▢ 6 quarts Fresh Strawberries ▢ 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
Wash and hull the strawberries. Make sure you cut out any bad spots on the fruit. To hull a strawberry simply cut off the top with a sharp knife and then discard the calyx. Cut the strawberry in half or slice each strawberry into ¼ inch thick slices. Place all the strawberry slices onto the food dehydrator racks several inches apart. Once all the slices have been placed on the trays you are ready to close the door and start the fruit dehydrator process. Cook on 135°F in the dehydrator. If you’re drying strawberry halves, it will take 16 to 18 hours. If you’re dehydrating strawberry slices, they should be done in 8 hours. Once they have completely cooled, remove the strawberries from racks using your fingers. Store in glass jars or in an airtight container.
Half vs. Sliced Strawberries – When it comes to snacking, I prefer strawberry slices. But I like using halved dried strawberries when baking. If slicing, make sure the slices are ¼ inch thick. Best Way to Slice Strawberries – To cut the strawberries thin, use an egg slicer. It is very quick and easy! Storage and Labeling – Do not package the dehydrated fruit for storage until they are completely cool. Store them in an airtight container, Label the storage containers with the date. Glass jars are also really great for storage. Vacuum Seal – By vacuum sealing the fruit, you increase the shelf life and reduce any chance for mold to grow. Dehydrating Fruit with Direct Sunlight – You can actually dry strawberries in the sun. All you need is a low humidity environment. Since I live in Arizona, this works really well. To dry strawberry slices in the sun, simply lay them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. After 6 hours, turn each strawberry over. Allow to dry in the sun for 6 more hours until they reach the desired texture. Sugar – Feel free to mix in some sugar to add to the sweetness before you dehydrate the strawberries.
Calories: 227 kcal | Carbohydrates: 55 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 7 mg | Potassium: 1086 mg | Fiber: 14 g | Sugar: 35 g | Vitamin A: 85 IU | Vitamin C: 417 mg | Calcium: 114 mg | Iron: 3 mg Hi! I’m Amanda, the founder and creator behind Recipes Worth Repeating! Simply put, I focus on creating delicious recipes for everyone.
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Are dried strawberries good for you?
There are certain expressions that often make it to the headlines, but just because they’re popular, it doesn’t mean they’re true. You’ll see assertions like, “Only shop the perimeter,” or “Don’t buy foods with more than 5 ingredients,” or, the one we’re going to explore today, “Fresh is always best.” As you’ll see below, when it comes to picking produce, I tend to choose fresh fruit and vegetables when they’re in season.
- But at other times during the year, I have many reasons for choosing other forms of those same foods to bring more value nutritionally and financially.
- Let’s take a closer look at strawberries and how you can appreciate them for so many reasons in any season: Strawberry Specifics Strawberries add a natural sweetness to any dish while also providing fiber, potassium, folate, and antioxidants.
Strawberries are one of the best sources of vitamin C, important for supporting a healthy immune system, collagen production in skin and bones and so much more. In fact, a serving of about 8 strawberries has as much vitamin C as an orange, which is all the vitamin C we need in a day! The anthocyanins and polyphenols in strawberries may reduce inflammation thereby helping to support heart health and brain function. Fresh Strawberries Did you know that 90 percent of strawberries grown in the US come from California? California strawberries are nutrient-rich in their natural state without processing and they’re so versatile that they can be enjoyed any time of day. Frozen Strawberries Despite bringing us a wealth of benefits, frozen foods, including strawberries, are often misunderstood. In some cases, frozen fruit may even offer more nutrients than their fresh counterparts. Fruit is picked at their peak and then they are frozen to lock the nutrients within. Dried Strawberries Dried strawberries are also known as dehydrated. And if you buy too many fresh strawberries and you want to preserve them or you just like the crunch of dried strawberries, you can even make homemade dehydrated strawberries in an oven, dehydrator or air fryer.
You can purchase dehydrated strawberries in the supermarket and just like with frozen berries, check labels to help you cut back on added sugar. Dried strawberries bring the same benefits as fresh or frozen varieties and, in some cases, might even provide more fiber and more of the antioxidants than fresh fruit.
You may also notice more freeze-dried products in your supermarket these days. These fruits and vegetables are produced in a process whereby moisture is removed. This process concentrates the taste, natural color, and texture of fresh foods in their freeze-dried state.
Freeze-dried and dehydrated products are easy to store at home and their light weight makes them easy to travel with for quick, nutrient-packed snacks. Freeze-dried strawberries can be stored effectively for long periods of time. Strawberry Summary Whether it’s for breakfast (sliced on cereal), lunch (served on a salad), snack time (dunked in yogurt) or dinner (pureed into a sauce for fish or poultry), strawberries provide a powerhouse of nutrients and a sweet, delicious flavor you can enjoy year through.
Explore our recipes Resource: Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table by Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN. Disclosure: Bonnie partnered with the California Strawberry Commission for this post and the opinions are her own.
How do you dry fruit without heat?
Sun Dry Them – This is my favorite option, though I’ve found that it works better on certain foods than others. I highly recommend drying herbs and tomatoes with this method, which develop an extra level of sweetness when dried in the sun. For tomatoes (or any other fruit or veggie you wish to sun dry), simply slice them thin, place them on a baking sheet, and leave them in a very sunny spot until they’re perfect, which could take a few days.
How long to dry strawberries in air fryer?
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice the strawberries into ¼- to ⅛-inch thick slices and place them in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and cook until the strawberries are fully dried, flipping occasionally, about 2 hours.