Oven dried strawberries are a delicious way to enjoy the intense flavor of freshly-picked strawberries year round. I add these baked strawberries to trail mix and school snacks for my boys.
Can I dry strawberries in an oven?
Yes!!! It is possible to make dried fruit in your oven even if you do not have a food dehydrator. A low temperature and some patience is all it takes to create this delicious snack. Bonus: your kitchen will smell amazing!!
Simple steps to make oven dried strawberries:
Oven dried strawberries are a delicious, healthy snack. With just a few easy steps, and some time, you can make a naturally sweet snack your whole family will love.
It is important to slice your strawberries as uniformly as possible so 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 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.
Use in-season berries for intensely sweet dried strawberries
You need sweet strawberries to make sweet oven dried strawberries. Though strawberries are available year round in grocery stores, the best dried strawberries are made with berries picked at the peak of strawberry season.
Oven Dried Strawberries Recipe
- 1 lb Strawberries, washed and dried*
- Parchment Paper
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F / 90 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or a silicone baking mat)
- 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 paper, leaving space between each slice
- Bake at 200 degrees F / 90 degrees C 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. Cooking times and temperatures have been developed using an electric oven. Using a gas oven may have an affect on the length of time needed to dry strawberries.
Do NOT use foil or wax paper in place of parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Strawberries will stick and you will not be able to flip them over.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 11.5gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 8.4gProtein: 1g
*Strawberries consistently top the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list. I always purchase either pesticide-free berries from a local farm or organic strawberries.
Tips and tricks for drying strawberries in the oven
- A mushroom slicer can be used instead of a knife. However, the strawberry slices will be thicker than if you cut them by hand, which will increase your drying time. Please note that you want a veggie slicer with blades and not wires. Strawberries will cause the wires to bend, which creates unevenly sliced berries.
- Multiple baking sheets of strawberries can be dried at the same time. However, this will increase the amount of time needed for the strawberries to dry completely.
- Strawberries can be dried using the convection oven setting. Depending on your oven, this may speed up the strawberry drying time. Be sure to check on the strawberries often after two hours to prevent burning!
- Use parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. These baked strawberries work best if you use parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. Strawberries will stick to wax paper, foil, or an unlined baking sheet.
- Uniform strawberry slices are best. It is important to slice strawberries the same thickness. Thinner slices may burn if not closely watched and thicker slices will take longer to dry out completely.
How long can you store baked strawberries?
Dried strawberries can be stored in an air-tight container for at least 6 months in your pantry.
Strawberries must be completely dry in order to have a long shelf life. If there is any doubt, you can freeze dried strawberries to extend their shelf life.
Homemade dried strawberries are a delicious snack!
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.
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This recipe was originally published in April, 2017. The recipe has since been updated with enhanced recipe instructions, refreshed photos, and a video.