Freshly-picked ripe strawberries are one of my family’s favorite treats in late spring and early summer. Though strawberries are now available year round in grocery stores, their flavor does not come close to the intense strawberry sweetness of sun-ripened in-season strawberries. These oven dried strawberries are one of my favorite ways to enjoy the intense flavor of freshly-picked strawberries year round. I like to add them to trail mix and my boys love finding them in their school lunches. Dried strawberries are especially delicious in the fall and winter months when fresh strawberries are only a memory.
Oven Dried Strawberries Recipe
For those of us without a food dehydrator, it is still possible to create delicious dried fruit using your oven. A low temperature and patience is all it takes to create this delicious snack. Oh, and your kitchen will smell amazing.
As a reminder: the dried strawberries will only be as sweet as the fresh strawberries used to make them. Though strawberries are available year round, these dried strawberries taste best when made with super sweet strawberries picked during strawberry season.
Oven Dried Strawberries
Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries
- 1 lb Strawberries*
Preheat oven to 200°F
- Wash strawberries thoroughly
Slice strawberries into uniform slices, approximately 1/8 inch thick. Note: if you slice the strawberries thicker, it will take longer for them to dry
- Arrange strawberries on parchment or silicone baking liner, leaving space between each slice
- Bake in oven for approximately 2 hours, until tops are dry
- Flip strawberries over so and bake for another hour or so until fully dehydrated
Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature. The dried strawberries can be stored for several months at room temp without spoiling
*Note: Unless I can find pesticide-free berries from a local farm, I choose to purchase organic strawberries. Read more on pesticides and produce.
Homemade dried strawberries are especially delicious when included in sweet – salty – crunchy snack mix combinations. Here is a link to some of my family’s favorite healthy snack mix combinations.
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