How to Make Dehydrated Strawberries in a Dehydrator
Often called "strawberry chips", these dried strawberries are both healthy and delicious! Making dehydrated strawberries in a food dehydrator is a great way to preserve fruit and also makes for a perfect snack!
Servings: 8 people
- 6 quarts Fresh Strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
Wash and hull the strawberries. Make sure you cut out any bad spots on the fruit. To hull a strawberry simply cut off the top with a sharp knife and then discard the calyx.
Cut the strawberry in half or slice each strawberry into ¼ inch thick slices.
Place all the strawberry slices onto the food dehydrator racks several inches apart. Once all the slices have been placed on the trays you are ready to close the door and start the fruit dehydrator process.
Cook on 135°F in the dehydrator.
If you're drying strawberry halves, it will take 16 to 18 hours. If you're dehydrating strawberry slices, they should be done in 8 hours.
Once they have completely cooled, remove the strawberries from racks using your fingers.
Store in glass jars or in an airtight container.
- Half vs. Sliced Strawberries - When it comes to snacking, I prefer strawberry slices. But I like using halved dried strawberries when baking. If slicing, make sure the slices are ¼ inch thick.
- Best Way to Slice Strawberries - To cut the strawberries thin, use an egg slicer. It is very quick and easy!
- Storage and Labeling - Do not package the dehydrated fruit for storage until they are completely cool. Store them in an airtight container. Label the storage containers with the date. Glass jars are also really great for storage.
- Vacuum Seal - By vacuum sealing the fruit, you increase the shelf life and reduce any chance for mold to grow.
- Dehydrating Fruit with Direct Sunlight - You can actually dry strawberries in the sun. All you need is a low humidity environment. Since I live in Arizona, this works really well. To dry strawberry slices in the sun, simply lay them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. After 6 hours, turn each strawberry over. Allow to dry in the sun for 6 more hours until they reach the desired texture.
- Sugar - Feel free to mix in some sugar to add to the sweetness before you dehydrate the strawberries.
Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 417mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 3mg