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.
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
Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries
- 1 lb Strawberries * (washed and dried)
Preheat oven to 200°F
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
*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.
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.
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.
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 in snack mixes!
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