Drying strawberries at home couldn't be easier! It's a great way to preserve ripe strawberries and save money. Learn how to dry strawberries with this easy tutorial.
How to Dry Strawberries
If you are looking for a healthy snack that even kids are sure to enjoy, dried strawberries are perfect.
Since strawberries often go on sale during the spring and summer months, that is the perfect time to stock up and preserve whatever abundance you can’t get to right away. Drying strawberries is a perfect way to preserve them a little longer, and you will find they also make a great gran-and-go snack.
Is Drying Strawberries Difficult?
Nope! It's very simple to dry them (and most other fruits, such as apple slices, bananas, beets, and more!) right in the oven!
What Do You Need to Dry Strawberries?
To dry strawberries, you just need a few simple things:
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper
How Can I Use Dried Strawberries?
Dried strawberries are a delicious snack for everyone from toddlers to adults. If you're looking to get a little more creative with them, here are some more ideas:
- Add to salads for extra crunch and sweetness
- Add to cereals
- Cook in oatmeal
- Crush them into bits to flavor frostings like classic American buttercream
- Yogurt topping with granola
- Ice cream topping
Oven Dried Strawberries
- 1 pound strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced into ⅛-¼" slices
- Preheat oven to 200°F.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Pat sliced strawberries dry on a paper towel
- Place the strawberry slices on the parchment paper, making sure they're not touching so they don't stick together.
- Bake strawberries for 1½-2 hours. Begin checking your strawberries at about 1 hour, and check every 10-20 minutes after that. Cook times can vary slightly based on your oven and how thickly you sliced your strawberries. When done, strawberries, should be thin and crispy.
- Cool strawberries before storing them.
- The thickness of your strawberry slices will affect how long they need to be baked. Try to cut your strawberries in as uniform slices as possible so they cook evenly.
- Be sure to use parchment paper, NOT wax paper. Wax paper will melt in the oven and stick to the strawberries.
- Storage: Store in an airtight container, such as a zip baggy or mason jar. Dried strawberries will keep for up to 6 months.
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