easy healthy Oven Dried Strawberries

Oven Dried Strawberries

Meredith 11:26 am

Freshly-picked ripe strawberries are one of my family’s favorite treats in late spring and early summer.  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.

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easy oven dried strawberry recipe

Can I dry strawberries in an oven?

Yes you can!!!

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.

Please note, 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

5 from 10 votes
easy healthy Oven Dried Strawberries
Oven Dried Strawberries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
 

Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 48 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Strawberries * (washed and dried)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°F

  2. 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

  3. Arrange strawberries on parchment or silicone baking liner, leaving space between each slice
  4. Bake in oven for approximately 2 hours, until tops are dry
  5. Flip strawberries over so and bake for another hour or so until fully dehydrated
  6. Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature.  The dried strawberries can be stored for several months at room temp without spoiling

*Strawberries topped the 2018 EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list this year (and is always high ranking on the “dirty” list.  That is way I purchase pesticide-free berries from a local farm or organic strawberries. Read more on pesticides and produce.

Simple steps to make oven dried strawberries:

Oven dried strawberries are a simple to make, healthy snack.  With just a few easy step (and some time) you can have a crave-able naturally sweet snack your whole family will love.

First, you will want to slice your strawberries.  I find that 1/8 inch thickness works best for me.  The strawberries are thick enough to be able to flip while drying and not so thick that they take forever to be finished.

sliced strawberries for dehydrating
Slice strawberries into 1/8 inch thickness

It is also important that the strawberry slices are uniform.  This way all of your strawberries will be finished drying at roughly the same time.

sliced strawberries ready to dehydrate
Arrange on parchment paper

After about two hours in the oven, the strawberries should be almost dry to the touch.  This is when you want to flip them over so they can finish drying.

healthy snack dried strawberries
Flip strawberries over so and bake for another hour or so until fully dehydrated

During the last hour or so of drying, keep your eye on the strawberries.  The small ends of the strawberries will finish drying first, and you can always remove them from the oven while the larger strawberries finish drying out.

How long can you store dried strawberries?

It is crucial that the strawberries are complete dry for them to have a long shelf life.  I have successfully stored them in an air-tight container in my pantry for more than 6 months.  However, this was ages ago before I had children.  We are now lucky if our spring / summer stock pile of dried strawberries last us past the first month of school in the fall.

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19 Comments

  1. This looks really yummy! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  2. Will using the convection feature help/hurt? I am new to this.

    • Hi Barb – I haven’t used the convection feature to make dried strawberries, so at the moment, I am going to have to guess. I imagine in the first hour or so of drying, the convection feature might speed up the process. Toward the end, however, it might cause the berries to become too crisp / or maybe even burn. I will try soon and update the post with a more complete answer. Thanks for your question! Meredith

  3. Yum, love dried strawberries for snacking on 🙂

  4. mmm this strawberry looks so cute! This is a great way to eat this delicious strawberry all year round. I definitely want to try this! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Dried strawberries are so expensive!!! I thought about making my own but didn’t think it would be possible without a dehydrator!
    Thank you for a great recipe!

    • My pleasure Claire! These dried strawberries are definitely much more affordable than store-bought… especially if you pick your own strawberries when they are in season.

  6. I had no idea that you could make these at home in your oven! I totally pay through the nose for these, lol! They are great for adding to frosting too to make strawberry frosting without the extra moisture of the fresh fruit!

  7. Such a great idea for adding to my trail mix and Greek yogurt! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. I’m obsessed with dried fruit at the moment and this sounds super easy!

    • Hi Shadi – yes! These dried strawberries are very easy (if a bit time consuming) to make. But the time is definitely worth it!

  9. I am just waiting for my garden strawberries to start showing signs of life! There’s nothing like a home grown berry and this is a great way to preserve them – they are only around for such a short time!!

    • Hi Emily – I completely agree! The flavor of freshly picked home-grown strawberries can not be matched. We love snacking on these dried strawberries all winter long as we look forward to late spring when our strawberries start growing again!

  10. What a great idea! I need to try this during strawberry season. Pinning…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. Omg I never knew this was so simple, thanks so much for sharing!

  12. I would love to add these to trail mix

    • Absolutely – these dried strawberries are one of our favorite additions to “snacky trail mix”!!!

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