This seems like a ridiculously extravagant idea and it certainly is if you don’t not have a whole lot of strawberries around. If you are buying them a basket at a time you are likely eating them right out of the basket, maybe even before they get out of your car. 😉 It’s only once we had a large crop out of our own garden that we even started thinking about drying them but once we tried them, we were hooked.
Dehydrated strawberries are an exceptional snack, especially for travel, and they are simply a convenient way to preserve the strawberry flavor. Like any other dried fruit, the flavor in the strawberry and its sugars concentrate nicely in the dried berry.
The method is simple, but here are some points to keep in mind:
Dehydrate your strawberries using this easy drying method.
Clean and drain your strawberries.
Use a pairing knife to remove the stem from the berries.
For smaller berries, place de-stemmed berry directly on your dehydrator sheet. For larger berries, cut the straw berries lengthwise right through the stem end and place the cut side up on the dehydrator sheet.
Arrange your berries on the dehydrator sheet and place in your dehydrator.
Plan for at least 24 hours of dry time, though the drying time will vary based on your humidity. Test the berries after about 24 hours. They will be a bit leathery when done.
A: Store your dried strawberries in an airtight jar in a cool, dark pantry.
A: Stored in a pantry in an airtight jar, the strawberries will last for at least two years but you will likely eat them far sooner.
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A: Yes. Since they are typically dried whole or in halves, they tend to stay on the chewy side.
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