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Strawberries in a dehydrator.

Dehydrated Strawberries

Keri Bevan
Dehydrated strawberries are a great topping for cereal, ice cream or salads. They're simple to make, only requiring a few minutes hands on time. And, you can make them in a dehydrator or the oven!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 54 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • pounds fresh strawberries hulled, and cut into pieces that are ⅜ of an inch thick.
  • water for rinsing

Instructions
 

Dehydrating Strawberries In A Dehydrator

  • Wash the strawberries thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides. Discard any that are decayed, bruised or moldy.
  • Hull the strawberries and cut them into ⅜ inch pieces. Try to cut them all roughly the same size so that they dry evenly.
  • Before dehydrating the strawberries, blot them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Transfer the strawberries to the dehydrator and space them out so that none of them are touching each other.
  • Set the dehydrator to 135 F (60 C), and run it for 5-12 hours for chewy strawberries and 5-18 hours for crisp strawberries. *see note 1.
  • Rotate the racks every few hours, moving the bottom rack to the top position.
  • Remove the strawberries from the dehydrator and allow them to cool for several minutes. They'll firm up a bit as they cool.
  • Allow the dried strawberries to cool for 30 minutes, before storing them in an airtight container.

How To Dehydrate Strawberries In The Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 175° F (80° C). Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Wash the strawberries thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides. Discard any that are decayed, bruised or moldy.
  • Hull the strawberries and cut them into ⅜ inch pieces. Try to cut them all roughly the same size so that they dry evenly.
  • Before dehydrating the strawberries, blot them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  • Bake the strawberries in the oven for about 3 hours, or until they’re fairly crisp. Rotate the trays halfway through the bake time for even dehydration.
  • Remove the berries from the tray and allow them to cool for 30 minutes. If any of the berries are still too moist, return them to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.

Notes

  1. Times will vary greatly between dehydrators, so the best practice is to check every few hours to see how dry your strawberries are getting. As an example, I can dry a pound and a half of strawberries in about 6 hours, and they're fairly crisp.
  2. The strawberries should be dry enough to prevent any microbial growth.
  3. Store in an airtight container such as a Mason jar.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 100mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dehydrated strawberries, dried strawberries
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