Tuesday, March 29, 2022

How to Make Dried Strawberries (Oven, Air Fryer, Dehydrator)

Learn how to make dried strawberries in the oven, air fryer, or dehydrator.  A dried strawberries recipe is a great way to preserve strawberries to enjoy when they aren't in season.  Dried strawberries make a delicious healthy snack, or you can use them in baking recipes.

How to Make Dehydrated Strawberries

We've never been able to grow strawberries because the chickens ate them before we could get to them.  This year, the chickens are getting moved and won't be able free range nearly as much.


I'm finally getting some strawberry plants again.  We're debating about the best place to grow them and how to grow them without losing ground space.  Once we start on that project, I'll hopefully have a blog post for inspiration.

I did order some strawberries from the south.  I ordered one flat, but I really wish that I'd gotten two or three flats.  They were the best strawberries I've ever had.

I don't want to wait until the local berries are ripe, so I've been buying berries trucked in from the south to make my strawberry recipes this year.

I wanted to make a dehydrated strawberries recipe for a snack.  I already have freeze dried strawberries to reconstitute for recipes. 

While I do like freeze dried strawberries, I prefer the thicker texture of a dried strawberries recipe.  Learn more about freeze dry vs dehydrated to see what the difference is.

For more dehydrating recipes and information, check out these posts:

Can Strawberries Be Dried?

Yes, you can make a dehydrated strawberries recipe.  You can make dehydrated strawberries in oven or dehydrated strawberries air fryer.  

In addition, you can use a dehydrator.  I have a Nesco food dehydrator that I really like.

Are Dried Strawberries Good For You?

Dehydrated strawberries are good for you because they are just dried sliced strawberries.  You don't need to add sugar.

One thing to note is that because there's no water, by weight a dried strawberries recipe has about 3.5 times as much fiber and nutrition than fresh strawberries.

What Can I Do With Dried Strawberries?

Here are ways to use your dehydrated strawberries recipe:

  • Eat plain as a snack.
  • Use to garnish drinks and cocktails.
  • Cut up to use in baked goods.  You can use them to make these healthy strawberry muffins.
  • Use them to flavor herbal tea.
  • Add to wine for flavor.
  • Use to naturally flavor water.
  • Add to yogurt or oatmeal.

How Do You Make Homemade Strawberry Powder?

I don't recommend using a dried strawberry recipe to make strawberry powder to store.  Dehydrated fruit retains some water, and the powder won't last very long. 

However, you can make a strawberry powder from dehydrated strawberries and use it right away.

Learn how to make fruit powder to use in recipes.

How Do You Dry Whole Strawberries?

The process is the same to make a dried strawberries recipe with slices or whole berries.  It is important to note that using whole berries will take much longer than making dried strawberry slices.

How Do You Make Dehydrated Strawberries Crispy?

Dehydrated strawberries tend to be chewy and not crisp.  However, you can make crisp dried strawberries by leaving them in the dehydrator, oven, or air fryer longer.

How Long Does it Take for Strawberries to Dehydrate?

It can take a while to learn how to make dehydrated strawberries.  It depends on your method, the humidity, and how thick the berries are. 

To estimate a time, it takes about 7 to 15 hours in the dehydrator, about 90 minutes in an air fryer, and about two hours in the oven.

How Do You Dry Strawberries Without a Machine?

I like using my dehydrator to make dehydrated strawberries, but you can also learn how to dry strawberries in the oven and how to make dried strawberries in air fryer.

How Long Do Dried Strawberries Last?

Dehydrated strawberries will last from 4 to 12 months.  The reason that there's such a wide range is that dehydrating doesn't remove all of the water from the fruit.

Also, there can be human error when removing the fruit.  It may not be fully dry, and that can cause the dry strawberries to go bad.

The shelf life also depends on how you store the dried fruit.  If you are sure that your strawberries are dry, then you should vacuum seal them for the longest shelf life.  

If you plant to eat them right away, then store in an airtight container on the counter.  For longer storage, I keep them in a mason jar and use the mason jar vacuum seal attachment.

How to Test for Moisture

You could use a moisture meter to test to see if your dehydrated strawberries are dry.  However, most families don't have a use for the tool more than a few times a year.

One way to test how much moisture is in the dried fruit is to fill a mason jar about 2/3 full with dried fruit.  Cover the jar with a reusable lid and sit on the counter. 

Shake the jars a few times a day for a week.  This helps distribute any moisture in the fruit to the dry pieces.  If you see condensation on the inside of the jar, then your strawberries are not dry enough.  You will need to dry them further before storing.

How to Prepare Strawberries for Dehydrating

Whether you are learning how to make dehydrated strawberries in air fryer, oven, or dehydrator, here's how to prep the berries:

  • Wash your berries with water to remove any dirt.  Let them drain for a few minutes to get them dry.
  • Then remove the leafy top and the stem.  You can use a sharp knife or use a straw and push from the bottom to the top.  If you have a lot of strawberries to dry, I recommend this huller and slicer set.
  • Slice the strawberries.  Be careful to get them the same thickness so they dry evenly.  Try to get the slices between 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.  Thicker slices will take longer to dry.
  • The strawberry slices are now ready to dry.  Place them on the dehydrator trays, air fryer basket, or on a pan to place in the oven.
  • Once the strawberries are dry, let them cool for half an hour.  Then break one of the slices in half.  You should not see any water.

How Do You Make Dried Strawberries?

To make dried strawberries, you will need 8 cups of strawberries.  Wash, hull, and remove the tops of the berries and prep them as directed above. 

How to Make Dehydrated Strawberries in Oven

Here's how to make dehydrated strawberries in oven:

  • Wash, hull, and cut the tops off of the strawberries.  Slice into 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the sliced berries on the sheet.  Try not to overlap them and allow room for the air to flow.
  • Bake for 2 hours until the top of the slices is dry.
  • Flip the berries over (they may stick to the parchment paper) and bake for an additional 30 to 60 minutes or until dry.  
  • Let the berries cool completely and store in an airtight container.

How to Make Dried Strawberries in Air Fryer

Here's how to make dehydrated strawberries air fryer:

  • Wash, hull, and cut the tops off of the strawberries.  Slice into 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Place in the air fryer basket and cook at 180 to 200 degrees F (use the lowest setting on your air fryer).  Cook for 30 minutes and stir.  Then cook another 30 minutes.
  • After an hour, remove from the air fryer if they are done.  Otherwise, flip and cook another 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Let the berries cool completely and store in an airtight container.

How to Make Dried Strawberries in a Dehydrator

Here's how to make dehydrated strawberries in a dehydrator:

  • Wash, hull, and cut the tops off of the strawberries.  Slice into 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Line the trays with parchment paper.
  • Place the sliced berries on the trays.  Try not to let them touch because you want the air to flow freely around the slices.
  • Set the machine to 135 degrees F.  It will take about 8 hours for strawberry slices and about 16 to 18 hours for whole berries.
  • Let the berries cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Now you know how to make dried strawberries three different ways.  

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1 comment:

  1. Since getting an air fryer reviews, I've been able to experiment with different seasonings and spices. It's a great way to add flavor to my meals without relying on excessive amounts of oil.