Strawberry slices on baking sheets.
Desserts,  Easy,  Recipes,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

Oven Dried Strawberries

Strawberry slices on baking sheets.
I love dried strawberries – the intensified strawberry flavor is so tasty, and it’s way healthier than candy! I hadn’t thought to try it out myself until recently when I came across this post while browsing Pinterest. My mother-in-law just gave me 2 containers of strawberries that needed to be used quickly, and I figured this would be a great way to deal with them all at once (although, trust me, I could probably sit down and devour them all fresh. I looooove berries!). All I did was slice the tops off of the strawberries and then used an egg slicer to cut them all into nice, uniform slices. I spread them out on 2 cookie sheets and baked at 210°F for 3 hours.

Strawberry slices on baking sheets.

Unfortunately, the directions on the site were really vague, and what I did didn’t end up working out too well. Don’t get me wrong – they taste good, kinda like a fruit roll-up, but they didn’t totally dry out, and they stuck to the cookie sheets really bad. I didn’t want to leave them in the oven for longer because they were getting close to burning on the edges. I’ll have to see if I can find another method of doing this that doesn’t involve a dehydrator. I’m sure it’s possible, but this way just didn’t work out for me.

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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