How to Dry Strawberries

fresh strawberries in a white bowl

How to Dry Strawberries ~ once you’ve gobbled up your fill of fresh strawberries this season, consider drying them.  Sure, you could also freeze them, or make them into jam, but drying strawberries is super easy and the results are delicious and versatile.  Dehydrating intensifies the flavor of the berries like nothing else!

Dehydrating is probably the oldest method for preserving foods, and the process is so simple ~  just remove all the water and food won’t spoil.  It works great,  especially for water heavy fruit like strawberries.  Dehydrating through evaporation leaves strawberries smaller, firmer, and with a concentrated flavor.  Depending on how long you let them dry they can be anywhere from chewy to downright crunchy. (I like them when they’re chewy)  They’re perfect in cereal, granola, or trail mix, they fit right into a cheeseboard, or just as a healthy snack on their own.

fresh strawberries on a wooden surface

Dehydrating is low tech, and easy to do, but it can be time consuming if you don’t have the right equipment.  I have a medium priced dehydrator from Amazon that works great.  You can spend more or less depending on your needs, but the good news is that it’s by nature a low tech appliance so you shouldn’t encounter problems with whatever you get, as long as you read the reviews :)  I’ve used it for apples and berries so far and the results have been great.

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Drying strawberries in a dehydrator is as easy as slicing them and placing them on the dehydrator trays. I sliced mine about 1/8 inch thick and they took about 6-7 hours at 135 F (this was my manufacturer’s instructions for fruits/veggies) in the dehydrator to get fully dried.  If you set it up in the morning, you’ll have your dried fruit by the end the day.

dehydrated strawberries on a white surface

The texture of these dried strawberries is not quite chewy, not quite crunchy, though you could let them dry even longer if you wanted them to be crispy. They are perfect in cereal, granola, trail mix, would be great with cheese, or just as a snack on their own.  As one of the commenters mentions below, dehydrated fruit is a great healthy snack idea for kids.

a bowl of granola with dehydrated strawberries

Notes ~

  • No dehydrator?  You can dry fruit in the oven but it’s messier and doesn’t work as well because there isn’t the same air circulation that you get in a dehydrator.
  • How long your dried strawberries will keep depends on how dry you get them, and how you store them. If you really want to ensure that they will last a long time, this article has lots of suggestions about the best preparation and storage methods for dehydrated fruits. Mine went straight into my breakfast bowls this week!

How to Dry Strawberries

How to Dry Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries ~ depending on the size of your dehydrator you may have to work in batches

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry your berries. Hull them, or slice off the green tops.
  2. Slice the berries about 1/8 inch thick. Try to get the slices as even as you can so that they dry evenly.
  3. Arrange the sliced strawberries on dehydrator trays, making sure they are not touching. This helps airflow and allows them to dry properly.
  4. Set dehydrator to 135 F (this is standard for fruits and vegetables, but be sure to follow your manufacturer's instructions for fruit/veggies) and allow to dry for 6-10 hours (the source I used suggested 8-10 hours, but mine seemed done by about 6, so I suggest checking them after about 5 or 6 hours and seeing how long they need). They should feel very dry, but not quite brittle, and there should be no noticeable moisture when you break them apart.
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Make it your own ~

  • Dry other fruits like apples, pears, bananas, and small plums.

 

 

Don’t forget to pin these Dried Strawberries!

How to Dry Strawberries ~ once you've gobbled up your fill of fresh strawberries this season, consider drying them ~ dehydrating intensifies the flavor of the berries like nothing else! #driedfruit #dehydrating #strawberries #berries #snack #healthy #preserving #spring

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Martha in KS
    June 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I have a dehydrator that I got two years ago & hadn’t used. So after seeing your post I bought two 1 lb. pkgs of strawberries for $1 ea. It only took about 15 minutes to slice with a serrated bread knife. Then I put them in the dehydrator at 135 degrees for 7 hrs. Most were dry – the few that were still chewy were immediately eaten. The problem with drying fruits & veggies is that they’re filled with water – which is a good thing. I’m now inspired to dry other things. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 2, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      That’s fantastic Martha, and so great that you can now use your dehydrator. It’s perfect for those times when seasonal fruit is on sale.

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    May 31, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    We borrowed a dehydrator one year from some friends to dry plums. I don’t know what happened but I’m guessing we didn’t dry them long enough. They ended up becoming moldy! You have given me new hope!

  • Reply
    Marguerite Krupp
    May 30, 2018 at 7:10 am

    To keep the fruit from sticking to the dehydrator tray, I spray the tray lightly with PAM or equivalent vegetalme oil spray.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 30, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Marguerite! I sometimes have trouble with my tomatoes.

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 30, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Such a great idea! Can’t wait to try this :)

  • Reply
    Karen
    May 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    When we last moved my dehydrator went into a closet and hasn’t come out! Inspired to go get it…

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      I’ve had that problem with some of my appliances, it’s like discovering a long lost friend!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 29, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Love my dehydrator too! I should do more than just bananas, tomatoes and coconut!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      I never thought to try coconut, thanks Angie :)

  • Reply
    Colleen
    May 29, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Sue..I wonder if a convection oven would work? It has a fan running circulating the air…

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      If you can get the temperature way down it will work, Colleen, it just takes longer.

  • Reply
    Nancy May
    May 29, 2018 at 9:21 am

    It’s important to note that berries should be washed before hulling because if you hull, then wash, they will get soggy. This will interfere with dehydration. Love your site1!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 9:41 am

      It’s important to dry the berries well, for sure, thanks Nancy!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 29, 2018 at 8:58 am

    We were just talking about drying strawberries for granddaughter Jayden – she can eat them all day long! We used to have a dehydrator and need another one! We also love drying banana slices – great post Sue!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 8:59 am

      I forgot about bananas, I’ll add that to my post, thanks Tricia!

  • Reply
    Lynn A
    May 29, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Great post! I use my dehydrator for a lot of different things and fruit is one of my favorites. Oatmeal cookies with bits of dried strawberries, instead of raisins, are delicious! Also, when my kids were small, I used to make fruit leather (homemade Fruit Roll-ups) when I had an over-abundance of strawberries.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 9:02 am

      I’ve made fruit leather in the oven and it was a looooooong process, I should have used a dehydrator :) I love your idea of using the dried berries in cookies, I think raisins are pretty boring.

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 29, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Cool! I was just reading about drying strawberries yesterday but it was an oven technique and it did seem messy. This looks much better and I can think of so many ways to use these little beauties!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Yes, the oven method really doesn’t work all that well, so the dehydrator has earned it’s spot in my kitchen, and I don’t say that lightly because I’m pretty strict about not hanging on to useless gadgets:)