How to Dehydrate Strawberries

Strawberries and dessert pie

You're at the right place to learn how to dehydrate strawberries. They are ideal for snacks, baked goods, and cereal topping. Add them to smoothies to add color!

Strawberries are very easy to dehydrate, take very little prep, and taste delicious dried! If strawberries are out of season and you want to have some 'put away,' you can dehydrate frozen strawberries.

If you can wait until they're buy-one-get-one (BOGO), it makes them an even greater value, obviously.

Many people wonder why you would dehydrate frozen food. Two words: Power outages.

When the freezer goes off, the frozen foods inside it thaw. We've been through that scenario so many times down here in Florida with rampant hurricanes.

Having dehydrated foods stashed away means you don't have wasted food.

TOP Frequently Asked Questions:

Top question (no surprise): How to dehydrate strawberries?

And this page shows you how to dehydrate strawberries!

How to dehydrate frozen strawberries?

One of the top search queries, and on this page you'll discover how easy it is to dehydrate frozen strawberries.

How to dehydrate strawberries in an air fryer?

Here is a simple method for dehydrating strawberries in an air fryer:


1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, dried, hulled and sliced


Slice your strawberries about 1/4 inch thick. Keep them whole or halved if smaller.

Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper then arrange the strawberry slices in a single layer without overlapping.

Set your air fryer to the lowest temperature setting. Ideally around 95°F-115°F if there is a dehydrate function. If not, use the minimum warmup setting.

Dehydrate the strawberries for 6-8 hours, shaking the basket gently every 60-90 minutes to rotate.

Strawberries are fully dehydrated when smaller in size, no moisture remains, and they are dried through completely yet still pliable.

Allow to cool fully before storing dried strawberries in an airtight container for up to 1 year.

Enjoy as sweet, healthy snacks! Soak in water first or incorporate directly into recipes like cereals, trail mixes, and baked goods.

Adjust air fryer temp/time based on model and load size. Monitor closely to prevent burning in the compact space.

What are the different types of strawberries?

There are many different types of strawberries, including June-bearing, ever-bearing, and day-neutral varieties. June-bearing strawberries produce a large crop all at once while ever-bearing and day-neutral varieties produce smaller crops throughout the season.

When are strawberries in season?

The strawberry season varies depending on the type of strawberry. June-bearing strawberries are typically in season from late May to early July, while ever-bearing and day-neutral varieties can produce fruit from spring to fall.

How did strawberries get their name?

The name "strawberry" is thought to come from the straw-like material that was used to mulch the plants. This practice was common in Europe during the 18th century.

Strawberries Nutrition Info.

VITAMINS: Vitamin A and Vitamin C, followed by Choline and vitamin K. There are trace amounts of Vitamin E, Betaine, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, and Vitamin B6.

MINERALS: Potassium, followed by Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, and Fluoride. Strawberries have trace amounts of Selenium, Manganese, Iron, and Copper.

They also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Can You Dehydrate Frozen Strawberries?

If you want to dehydrate frozen strawberries, allow them to partially thaw so that it's easier to slices them, and allow their juices to drain in a sieve in a bowl or in the kitchen sink.

Then simply follow the steps below!

How to Dehydrate Strawberries

Let's get busy learning how to dehydrate strawberries!

Dehydrated Strawberries on an Excalibur dehydrator sheet

If using frozen strawberries, slice them when partially thawed—then go to step 2.

  1. Wash fresh strawberries, cut off the top, and cut into 1/4" slices or into halves
  2. If you cut your strawberries in half, place them on your food dehydrator trays with the cut side up to prevent drips on the lower trays!
  3. Turn on your dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).

How long does it take to dehydrate strawberries?

Here is an approximation as to how long:

  • Drying time: between 6-15 hours.
  • Dehydrated strawberries will be crisp and leathery when dried.
  • Remember to rotate your food dehydrator trays, for even drying.

Make Strawberry Preserves...

...and Strawberry Shortcake!

For the Strawberry Preserves, and Strawberry Shortcake recipes, simply click their links or click on their photos above! Both recipes are courtesy of

How Do You Grow Strawberries?

Strawberries can be grown from seeds, runners, or plants. Runnerless varieties are typically the easiest to grow. To plant strawberries, dig a hole that is large enough to accommodate the roots. Then, place the plant in the hole and backfill it with soil. Water the area well and continue to water regularly. Strawberries typically bear fruit in the spring or summer.

Here's Gardening Mentor's post that goes into great detail on how to grow strawberries, from preparing the bed to plucking them and Kevin says, "Bear in mind that strawberries don't produce fruit until their second year."

What's the Best Area to Grow Strawberries?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, such as climate and soil type. However, some general tips for growing strawberries include planting in an area that receives full sun and has well-drained soil. Additionally, it is important to space the plants properly so that they have room to grow

You Pick 'em Strawberry Farms!

Strawberry field collage

Getting great fresh strawberries from "You Pick 'Em" farms is probably the best way to go of obtaining sweet big strawberries... so long as you don't 'put your back out' bending down!

It's a great activity for the kids (read: have the kids do the bending down!)

Strawberries are easy to grow in pots, or in beds, no matter the size of your backyard.

Don't forget to check out how easy it is to dehydrate all kinds of fruits. Check out our main Fruit page here.

After Dehydrating Strawberries, Add Water to Rehydrate them for Adding to Smoothies!

How about this (it's a great way to get your vitamins)—start eating more fresh fruit and take fewer vitamin pills!

The body needs the "good carbs" and NOT the "refined carbs" that are prevalent in cookies, cakes, pasta—and bread.

Add strawberries to morning smoothies—delicious!

After you've dehydrated your strawberries, you'll want to pack them away safely. Learn how to do just that by reading our Storing Dehydrated Food page.

We cover the six steps from buying to storing! Speaking of the six steps, don't forget to sign up for our free Six Simple Steps eBook and/or visit our home page to learn more.

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