Once you dehydrate fresh strawberries you will be hooked on dehydrating, even more, fruits and vegetables. I posted this article a few years ago but I think it needed a little work to refresh the article so here I go. I have taught classes to many people on how to dehydrate just about every fruit and vegetable known to man. I have dehydrated hamburger jerky as well. I need to update that post as well.
I’m all about making dehydrating fresh strawberries as easy as possible. Call me lazy but I use a strawberry slicer for a few reasons. The biggest one is the fact that it makes all the slices the same thickness, which means they should dry evenly.
If you have a garden or you can buy them at the store it’s very easy to make a healthy snack in a dehydrator. I bought an Excaliber dehydrator because that’s what I used to teach classes and they sold that brand. It’s the only one I have used and I have had it well over five years. Now, I bought mine with a timer but it’s not necessary but it works for me. I can set it and forget it within reason. What I mean by this is that I like my strawberries a little pliable and not crispy, so I need to keep an eye on them so to speak.
Here I am spreading the freshly sliced strawberries in a single layer on the drying rack above. My Excalibur dehydrator booklet states to set the temperature at 135 degrees.
These took four hours to dry. Now, remember, the time to dry will always depend on the humidity of the room in which you are drying them.
Here are the dehydrated strawberries. Yep, there are some strawberries missing in this picture…my grandkids kept eating them! Love it!
Strawberry Health Benefits:
1. Vitamin C is a great immune booster
2. Vitamin C protects our eyes from getting cataracts
3. Fights the bad cholesterol
4. High in antioxidants
5. Great for helping stop inflammation in arthritis
How To Use Dehydrated Fresh Strawberries:
1. throw a handful into a fresh spinach salad, add some almonds and homemade poppy seed dressing
2. throw some into lunch boxes for lunchtime snacking
3. throw some into a bag to munch on while parked waiting for music or sport lessons
4. add some to homemade muffins
5. sprinkle some on pancakes before flipping the pancake to add a special flavor
You can see why we keep reading to load up on fruits and vegetables. Life is good when our body is strong and healthy.
Dehydrate fresh strawberries:
- Strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced
- Place the strawberries in a single layer and dehydrate at 135 Degrees (Excalibur Dehydrator). Please check your dehydrator for its specific temperature. These took about 4 hours. The dehydrating time all depends on the humidity where you are dehydrating them.
- No chemicals or preservatives needed if you eat them within 2 weeks if stored in an airtight container. I like to use my FoodSaver on quart jars.
Please let me know if you have used a dehydrator to dehydrate fresh strawberries, you know I love to hear from you!