Are freeze dried strawberries as healthy as regular strawberries?
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 healthy is freeze dried fruit?
Is Freeze-Dried Fruit Healthy? Freeze-dried fruit is convenient, nutritious and fun to add to different recipes. However, you might still wonder, “is freeze-dried fruit healthy for you as fresh fruit?” The short answer is yes, it’s still highly nutritious because it keeps much of its nutritional content through the freeze-drying process.
Can you freeze dry strawberries at home?
Tips for Making Perfect Freeze Dried Strawberries –
Choose ripe and fresh strawberries for the best flavor and texture. Slice the strawberries thinly and evenly for even drying. Pre-freeze the slices before freeze drying to preserve their flavor and texture. Use a high-quality freeze dryer for consistent and efficient results. Store the freeze dried strawberries in an airtight container to keep them fresh and crunchy.
What do freeze-dried strawberries taste like?
Strawberries: Smell: like fake super sweet strawberry powder. Flavor: sour. Texture: crunchy with a chewy flavor, similar to styrofoam.
Do freeze-dried strawberries add flavor?
Freeze-Dried vs. Dehydrated Fruit – Dehydrated or dried fruit is made by a completely different process that uses a specialized oven-like machine, heating the fruit for long periods of time to dry it. Compared to freeze-dried fruit, dehydrated fruit is leathery, chewy, and still contains about one-third of its moisture content.
- Because freeze-dried fruit contains no moisture, its shelf life is much longer than dehydrated fruit.
- In fact, its shelf life is probably longer than everything else in your kitchen.
- When properly stored, it has been known to last as long as 25 to 30 years.
- Freeze-dried fruit still contains most of its nutrients, sugars, and most importantly, flavors, since freeze drying only removes the water from the fruit.
On the other hand, heat in the dehydrating process strips fruit of nutrients and changes the flavors when cooked.