Freshly-picked strawberries are one of my family’s favorite treats in late spring and early summer. These oven dried strawberries are a delicious way 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 and snacks.
Can I dry strawberries in an oven?
Yes!!! Even if you do not have a food dehydrator, it is still possible to create dried fruit in your oven. A low temperature and some patience is all it takes to create this delicious snack. (And your kitchen will smell amazing.)
Simple steps to make oven dried strawberries:
Oven dried strawberries are a simple to make, healthy snack. With just a few easy steps (and some time) you can have a crave-able naturally sweet snack your whole family will love.
When making dried strawberries in the oven, it is important to slice your strawberries as uniformly as possible. This ensures the strawberries will finish drying at roughly the same time. I have found that 1/8 inch thick strawberry slices are thick enough to flip without tearing and yet not so thick that they require additional time to finish drying.
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.
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.
For intensely sweet dried strawberries, use just-picked in-season berries
Your dried strawberries will only be as sweet as the fresh strawberries used to make them. Though strawberries are available year round in grocery stores, you will have the best results if you make dried strawberries with just-picked berries that are fresh from a local farm.
Oven Dried Strawberries Recipe
Oven Dried Strawberries are a healthy and delicious snack. These dried strawberries can be enjoyed by all because they are vegan, dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and contain no-added-sugar!
- 1 lb Strawberries * (washed and dried)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment
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 at 200 degrees F for approximately 2 hours, until the tops of the strawberries are dry
Peel the strawberry slices from the parchment paper and flip over. Continue to bake for another 30 minutes to an hour until fully dehydrated
Remove the dried strawberries from the oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The dried strawberries can be stored for several months at room temperature without spoiling
Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries
*Strawberries topped the 2018 EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list (and are always high ranking on the “dirty” list). That is way I purchase either pesticide-free berries from a local farm or organic strawberries. Read more on pesticides and produce.
Tips and tricks for making dried strawberries in the oven
- An egg slicer can be used instead of a knife to slice the fresh strawberries, however the strawberry slices will be a little thicker than if you cut them by hand, which may increase your baking time.
- Multiple baking sheets of strawberries can be baked at the same time. However, the amount of time needed for the strawberries to fully dehydrate will increase.
- The convection setting on an oven can be used. Depending on your oven, this may speed up the strawberry drying time. Be sure to check on the strawberries often toward the end of their drying time!
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.
Homemade dried strawberries are delicious snacks!
Other delicious oven dried fruit snack recipes
Want to try other delicious oven dried fruit snacks? In addition to these delicious and crisp oven dried strawberries, my family loves homemade blueberry fruit leather, which transforms blueberries into a portable, mess-free snack. Oven dried peach chips made with sweet summer peaches are another of our favorite all-fruit snacks.