BEHOLD! The awesomeness of dehydrated strawberries.

I introduced Cecelia to dehydrated strawberries last week; as soon as that glorious flavor hit her taste buds her eyes enlarged, she raised her brow and that little hand went back into the jar for more!  “Pretty awesome, huh Cece?”  She smiled and nodded back in silence.  Those little chewy bites of fruit have the ability to magically transport you to a whole other plane of existence.  Yeah, they really are that good!

Strawberries can be dehydrated in various ways: I use my food dehydrator but they can also be placed in a very low-heat oven for several hours.  It may be faster to use an oven, however, I’m sure that method uses more energy.

Dehydrated Strawberries

strawberries, washed hulled and halved (if your berries are very large you may need to quarter them)

1/2 c honey

1/2 c sugar

1 1/2 c boiling water

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add sugar; stir until dissolved.  Allow simple syrup to cool a bit (5 minutes) then add honey; stir to incorporate.  Dip sliced berries into fruit pretreatment solution (see bottom of page for various methods) then place on a tray in a single layer.  Be sure your berries are not touching one another.

Place your dehydrator on the recommended fruit/veggie setting, mine is 135°F (I usually set it for just above that temperature).  Since strawberries are mainly composed of water it takes a while for them to finish, usually 8-12 hours.  Once the berries become flat and almost leathery they are done.

Remove from trays and store in an air-tight container.  Try to not eat them all that first day!

Fruit pretreatment is not required but it helps to maintain dried fruits top quality.  Some fruits like apples, peaches and apricots will rapidly oxidize and turn brown once they are exposed to the air.  There are various methods for pre-treating fruit: mix 1 tsp absorbic acid (or 3000 mg vit. C tablets, crushed) with 2 cups water  and soak fruit for 3-5 minutes, make a dip by mixing 1 cup honey, 1 cup water and the juice of one lemon, or make a simple syrup with sugar and honey as I did.

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6 responses to “BEHOLD! The awesomeness of dehydrated strawberries.

  1. I am loving your site. I just stumbled onto it today and I will definitely be back.

    • Thank you so much Mary! I stopped by your site, I can’t wait to try out some of your tasty posts!! I have a few patty pans that will be ready in a week or 2 and I’m so firing up the grill just for them!

  2. Danielle,
    I just started my dehydrator the first time in a very long time,, I get so tired when people give you little amounts of food and that is great, however when lots of people give you little bits then you have to do something. Not wanting to waste it and it is too little to can, out comes the dehydrator, your strawberries look great, I just got done dehydrating 15 lbs of carrots and it is amazing to see that a 1 quart masson jar will hold 15 lbs of carrots. I will be doing a lot of dehydrating this summer for sure.

    • I just pulled my red dragon and imperator carrots, my plan is to dehydrate them tonight! This will be my first time drying carrots, any tips are much appreciated!

  3. Danielle,
    I just sliced mine by hand, in coins about 1/8″ thick, granted some were larger but I don’t worry about it, I have an American Harvest dehydrator, and can easily pick through the ones that are not done move to another tray so I don’t worry about all being absolutely the same size, believe me you will think you have orange peas, Also I dried mine at 135 degrees for I think 8-12 hours, just check them every couple of hours. I blanched my sliced carrots in boiling water (well actually in the pressure cooker at 15 lbs for 1 min. and then cooled the cooker immediately under cold running water, then put on the dehydrator trays, believe they will have you believe they should not touch but mine were on top of each other and a video I watched was right did not make a bit of difference, all came out fine, if you do blanch in boiling water you do it for 3 minutes. I just did hear on the Canning2 group that you do not have to blanch them and they come out fine also. Good luck, love the dehydrator!!

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