Strawberry season is here! Whether you picked up some on sale or picked them at a local strawberry patch, it can be tough to have too much of a good thing. I have good news though! Dried strawberries in the oven are a great way to capture the flavors while they are in peak season.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS!
This recipe works because it uses the power of dehydration to dry raw berries at a low temperature. It can take 1 pint of strawberries and reduce it to a small container. Dried fruit also has no added sugar and is a healthy snack. Strawberries are the perfect fruit for this recipe method because they are already a great snack.
Dehydrated foods can be a great pantry staple! Create delicious recipes with these summer flavors year-round. Dehydration takes a lot of fruit and cut down the size and increases the intensity of flavor.
Whether you are using your oven or a dehydrator, you don't need a lot of equipment for this recipe. Here's what you need to get started
When oven drying, it's important to have a rimmed baking sheet that is big enough for your strawberry slices. In addition, a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper underneath is low-tech addition that will save you time later.
While prepping your strawberries, a good sharp knife is going to come in handy because you will be able to choose between thick slices of strawberry or crispy thin ones. A wooden chopping board or a clean surface will only help move things forward! I tend to slice these off but a strawberry huller or a straw will easily remove the green portion of the plant allowing you access to as many strawberries as possible.
In the Northeast, fresh strawberries are in season in the month of June with grocery stores running significant sales later in the month. You can get them locally or at a farm stand or you can even go to your local strawberry patch or garden and pick them yourself, it's a great family activity!
When shopping for produce, I went shopping for pesticide-free produce, it's the outer layer that counts! Strawberries have the unfortunate distinction of being part of the dirty dozen, it's important to be mindful of how you source them. While buying organic strawberries is not always possible or affordable, sourcing them from a local farmer or food stand can be the best way to go. Depending on where you source your strawberries, it'll be important to act quickly and process them within a couple of days.
1. Prep your berries
Wash berries before using, whether you use a fruit wash, or soak them briefly in equal parts vinegar and water.
Using a sharp knife, slice ripe strawberries. For best results, if you are looking for a chewy texture, cut thicker slices but opt for thin slices if you'd like them to have some crispiness to them.
2: Dehydrate berries
Turn your oven to the lowest possible setting and add your sliced strawberries to a cookie sheet in a single layer making sure that they have plenty of space between them. Sometimes keeping the oven door slightly open will help keep the temperature low but it will depend on your unit.
3. Condition dried berries
The cook time on oven dried strawberries really depends on the weather and humidity. Once your berries come down to room temperature, store them in a mason jar or airtight container for a few days.
Shake the jar a couple of times a day to make sure there isn't any excess moisture and or mold.
Dehydrated strawberries have a tangy taste to them and are great added to your favorite granola or trail mix recipe, topped on some ice cream, or just enjoyed on their own. You're a few other ways you can use your dry strawberries.
You can make great drinks! They are in great and they're great added to hot or iced tea, topped on a garnish, or simply infused in water.
if you if you'd like to rehydrate your strawberries, you can add them to a pot of water and bring them to a roaring boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until the berries are fully hydrated
If you're looking to preserve these for long term storage, it's important to stay drawer your strawberries in a sealed container. Make sure to keep them in a cool dry place. Another way to extend the shelf life of your dehydrated fruit is to vacuum seal them in small quantities. That way you can open them and enjoy your strawberry chips over a long period of time.
The time of year to get the best strawberries is in mid to late June and the Northeast.
to make dried strawberries, you can dry them on a sheet tray on the lowest temperature setting.
- Sheet tray
- Parchment Paper
- Sharp Knife
- 1 pine strawberries
- Prep your berries: Wash berries before using, whether you use a fruit wash, or soak them briefly in equal parts vinegar and water.
- Using a sharp knife, slice ripe strawberries.
- For best results, if you are looking for a chewy texture, cut thicker slices but opt for thin slices if you'd like them to have some crispiness to them.
- Dehydrate berries: Turn your oven to the lowest possible setting
- Add your sliced strawberries to a cookie sheet in a single layer making sure that they have plenty of space between them.
- Sometimes keeping the oven door slightly open will help keep the temperature low but it will depend on your unit.
- Condition dried berries: The cook time oven dried strawberries can depend on the weather.
- Once the different hydrated fruit is come down to room temperature, store them in a mason jar or airtight container for a few days.
- Shake the jar a couple of times a day to make sure there isn't any excess moisture and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g