The strawberries are here!! That means summer is here.
And we have oodles of strawberries.
WAY more than we can use just for fresh eating.
There are so many things you can do with your strawberries:
- eat fresh
- preserve into a jelly or jam
- strawberry pie (my husband’s favorite)
- Strawberry Muffins
- Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Shortcake
- fruit leather
With today’s batch-o-berries, I’ve decided to dehydrate. I like dehydrating strawberries as a way to preserve them. It’s a much healthier snack than jelly (which is made from the juice of a fruit) or jam (which has the chunks of fruit in it.) as those tend to have lots of sugar, but I still make it. It’s a tasty treat. Especially when paired with homemade peanut butter.
Back to the Dehydrated Strawberries
I think they taste like a gummy fruit snack. However, this is coming from a person who has probably eaten about 5 fruit snacks my entire life, and has not had one in years. I believe my opinion on this snack being akin to fruit snack is similar to a vegan’s opinion on meatless bacon. But these are pretty dang tasty.
And easy to make.
What do you need to make this delicious snack?
- A dehydrator – You can certainly use your oven on a low temperature overnight, but I really do like my dehydrator. It’s easier than my oven and more fool proof. So while I encourage LESS clutter and LESS equipment, I do like having a dehydrator. I use it to make Kale chips, fruit leather, and other dehydrated fruits
- Fresh Strawberries – I used about 3 1/2 cups of fresh whole strawberries. Try to get them local and seasonal. The better the ingredients the better the finished products.
How To Make Dehydrated Strawberries:
- Slice them about 1/8 of an inch thick. You can also put them on whole if you have small strawberries. Keep in mind: the thicker the strawberry the longer it will take to dehydrate, AND the strawberries will shrink when they are dehydrated.
- Place them in a single layer on your dehydrator. If they are layered, they will stick together. They will still be delicious
- Set your Dehydrator to 135 degrees F and let it do it’s thing for about 3 hours. It may take longer or shorter depending on the current climate and the thickness of the strawberry slices.
- EAT THEM!
I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge. They may not need to live in the fridge, but I think that’s the best place for them. They will last for months, if you don’t eat them.
These are good for snacks, or in granola, or in cold cereal. We really like to eat these as snack plain. I love having this healthy, convenient snack in the cooler months, long after strawberry season has passed.