Preserve the Flavor of Summer with This Dehydrated Strawberries Recipe

It’s incredibly simple to create a dehydrated strawberries recipe, which are a fantastic way to preserve the freshness of this early summer berry. We adore creating strawberry-dried goods! They always make us think of the beginning of summer because of their sunny fragrance. In addition to being delicious as dried chips for snacking, they have a wide range of cooking uses.

Strawberries that have been dried out can be added to yogurt, cereal, or rice. You can make them into muffins or scones. They create a delicious compote when dehydrated with sugar and boiling water, which can be used as a topping for pancakes or as part of a strawberry crumble dessert with granola. There are numerous choices!

Dehydrated strawberries recipe

How to make dehydrated strawberries? Making dried strawberries is simple, and we walk you through every step in this article!

Choosing Strawberries To Dehydrate

Pick completely ripe, plump, vibrant red strawberries for the best results. Any that have dark blotches, bruises, or mold growth should be set aside. Unripe strawberries can have sour or tart tastes because they have a lot of white on their tops.

Strawberries that are organic are preferable because they are less likely to have chemical residues.

Prepping Strawberries For Dehydrating

Make sure your counters, tools, and hands are spotless and sanitized before you begin preparing the strawberries to avoid contamination, which could lead to batch spoilage later on.

  • Make the strawberries clean: Wash the strawberries thoroughly, then pat them dry with a soft cloth. Any that have been damaged or are starting to mold, set away.
  • Eliminate the leaves and stalks: If you have a strawberry huller, you can use it to remove the middle, but it’s not essential.
  • Slice the strawberries: Cut the strawberries into ¼”-⅜” thick slices using a pointed knife. Either cutting them crosswise or pole to pole is acceptable. To aid in an even drying process, try to maintain the pieces’ uniform dimensions.
dehydrated strawberries recipe

Wash the strawberries thoroughly, then pat them dry with a soft cloth

Dehydrate the strawberries with a dehydrator

Strawberries are an easy and straightforward ingredient for novices to dehydrate. When your strawberries are ready, assemble your dehydrator and take the following actions:

  • Place the strawberries on the plates of your dehydrator. Use parchment paper or, even better, a mesh liner that has been cut to fit your tray if you’re using a tray with lots of openings. Allow room between the pieces so that air can flow between them.
  • Dehydrate strawberries at 135°F (57°C) for 6–12 hours, or until they are leathery or crunchy.
  • To encourage even drying, you might need to move the trays occasionally, depending on your machine.
dehydrated strawberries recipe

Dehydrated strawberries can be made with a dehydrator

>> You can follow the steps in the video below to make perfect dried strawberries

Oven-based dehydrated strawberries recipe

If you’re wondering how to dehydrate strawberries without a dehydrator? The answer is right here: Using an oven. Put the strawberries on a baking tray with a silicone mat in a single layer (this will prevent sticking).

Dry in the oven using the lowest temperature setting; if feasible, prop open the door to let steam out (use caution if you have kids or pets around!). Every hour, turn the pieces over and take them out as soon as they are fully dry.

How To Tell When Strawberries Are Done?

When properly dried, strawberries should be supple but not show any signs of moisture (cut one in half and squeeze; if moisture shows, dry them longer). You can dry strawberries until they break when bent if you thinly sliced them for crunchier chips. Before testing, remove a few pieces and allow them to cool.

How to store dehydrated strawberries?

If you’re dehydrating strawberries for snacking and intend to use them within a week or two, you may keep them on the counter or in your pantry in a sealed container or zip-top bag. Before putting them in the container, make sure to let them cool first. We enjoy using these ReZip bags that are reusable.

Dehydrated strawberries can last for up to a year, though, provided they are dried and stored correctly. Here are our long-term storage recommendations:

  • Cool: Before transferring the strawberries, allow them to cool fully.
  • Condition: Strawberries should be loosely packed in a clear, airtight container. Shake it to help prevent the strawberry slices from adhering together and inspect it every day for a week for any signs of moisture or condensation.
dehydrated strawberries recipe

Dehydrated strawberries can last for up to a year

As long as there are no symptoms of mold, place the batch back into the dehydrator if moisture is detected. If there are no indications of moisture or mold after a week, you can package them for long-term storage.

  • Keep in a spick-and-span, airtight container. Use hoover sealing for a longer shelf life.
  • Use a moisture-absorbing desiccant packet if you’re going to be opening the container frequently or if you live in a humid climate, use a moisture-absorbing desiccant packet.
  • Put the date and any other significant information on the container’s label.
  • Put the container somewhere cool, dark, and dry; a pantry cupboard works nicely for this.

How to use dehydrated strawberries?

Strawberries that have been dehydrated can be snacked on straight from the bag! Instead, you can put dehydrated strawberries in boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes to rehydrate them. Some ideas for using your strawberries are as follows:

  • Add to muesli or granola.
  • Top a yogurt parfait with strawberries that have been dried or rehydrated.
  • Add it to a homemade trail mix.
  • In order to make a jammy compote for pancakes, waffles, cereal, or ice cream, rehydrate the fruit and boil it with some sugar.
  • Make them into a powder and use it to flavor ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, cream cheese, and more!
  • Utilize them in these camping and backpacking meals.

In conclusion

Following this dehydrated strawberries recipe at home is a great way to preserve the fruit’s natural sweetness and extend its shelf life. With just a few simple steps, you can create a delicious and nutritious snack that is perfect for on-the-go, adding to your breakfast, or as a topping for desserts.

Experiment with different flavors by adding spices or dipping in chocolate. Once you try this dehydrated strawberries recipe, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it all along. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy the sweet taste of dehydrated strawberries all year round! And don’t forget to see more posts on our website:

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