- 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 freeze-dried strawberries last?
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Long-term food storage Adding to baked goods, cereal, desserts Snacking right from the can
Freeze dried strawberries are great for long-term food storage because they’re storable for 10-15 years. Dried strawberries are also ideal for baking. Why not try this Berry Trifle recipe featuring Honeyville’s freeze dried strawberries? You can add them to any recipe that calls for strawberries and the liquid from the batter will re-hydrate them, bringing them to delicious life! Shelf-Life:
Can be stored for 10-15 years in a sealed #10 can Store in a cool dry place Once opened, shelf-life is 12 to 18 months
Add 3 parts water to 1 part strawberry Allow strawberries to re-hydrate for 20 minutes, or until fully re-hydrated
Freeze dried strawberries come sealed in an airtight #10 can Weighs approximately 6 oz. One serving size is ¼ cup; once rehydrated serving equals ½ cup #10 contains 34 servings
Sliced strawberries Certified Kosher
Allergen Information: This product is produced on equipment that processes products containing soy, wheat, egg, peanut, and treenuts.
How long does it take to make freeze-dried strawberries?
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Strawberries are done when completely dry. Dehydrated strawberries will be pliable with no visible moisture, which may take 8-48 hours or longer. The freeze-drying process typically takes between 12-24 hours, depending on whether fresh or frozen strawberries were used. Freeze-dried strawberries will be brittle when completely dry.
Dehydrated Strawberries Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Can you eat too many freeze-dried strawberries?
Is freeze-dried fruit high in sugar? – Yes, the process of freeze drying tends to increase the fruit’s sugar content since the removal of moisture concentrates the sugar in fruit. Additionally, freeze-dried options are easier to consume in larger quantities, so it’s possible to overeat them. Be mindful of your portions when you snack on freeze-dried fruit.
Is it healthy to eat freeze-dried strawberries?
Freeze-dried fruit has become an increasingly popular snack. It’s light, with a crispy texture, and has an intense fruit flavor. However, you may wonder, “Is freeze-dried fruit as healthy as fresh fruit?” According to Lindsay Yau, a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers registered dietitian nutritionist, freeze-drying fruit causes some nutrient loss, but the overall method produces a high-quality, nutrient dense treat that is almost equal to that of fresh fruit.
Nutrients Freeze-drying is the most effective food preservation method — maintaining the fruit’s structure, taste and nutritional value. The process allows for better retention of certain vitamins, such as thiamin and vitamin C. In addition, freeze-dried fruit is rarely produced with added sugar, whereas some forms of dried fruit often have sugar added to them. Longer shelf life Freeze-drying increases the shelf life of fruit beyond 25 years. Since freeze-dried fruit does not require refrigeration, it is a great emergency and camping food option. Freeze-dried fruit can also save you space because of its smaller size in comparison to fresh fruit. Most importantly, the fruit can be rehydrated and restored to its original structure while retaining almost all its nutrients. Convenience Freeze-dried fruit is convenient because it’s lightweight, portable and lasts a long time. Almost all freeze-dried fruit is ready to eat and can be enjoyed as a healthy snack.
Fresh vs. frozen vs. dried fruit While choosing fresh or frozen fruit without added sugar over dried fruit is your best option, if convenience, cold storage and portability are concerns, freeze-dried fruit is a good alternative. A downside to consuming dried fruit is it may not be as filling as whole fruit because of the lack of water.
- In addition, because it is dry, dried fruit is more concentrated and calorie dense than equal amounts of its fresh counterpart.
- The most important part of a balanced diet is to incorporate a variety of fresh, frozen, and if desired, freeze-dried fruit and vegetables,” says Yau.
- Always aim for what would make it easier for you to reach for more fruits and vegetables — whether it is fresh, frozen or dried.” Yau also advises to check labels for added sugars and stay within your budget.
Frozen fruit and vegetables are more affordable than their fresh and freeze-dried alternatives. Learn more about nutrition ; get the latest health and wellness news, trends and patient stories from Sharp Health News,