How to Dehydrate Strawberries
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.
Make Strawberry Preserves...
and Strawberry Shortcake!
For the Strawberry Preserves, and Strawberry Shortcake recipes, simply click their links or on their respective photos, above! Both recipes are from Allrecipes.com
Strawberries Nutrition Info.
Strawberries are high in 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.
In the mineral department, strawberries are high in Potassium,
followed by Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, and Fluoride.
have trace amounts of Selenium, Manganese, Iron, and Copper. They also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
How to Dehydrate Strawberries
Let's get busy learning how to dehydrate strawberries!
If using frozen strawberries, slice them when partially thawed—then go to step 2.
- Wash fresh strawberries, cut off the top, and cut into 1/4" slices or into halves
- 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!
- Turn on your dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F
(or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
- 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.
You Pick 'em Strawberry Farms!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
After Dehydrating Strawberries, Add Water to Re-Hydrate Them for Adding to Smoothies!
Photo by Permission Camtasia
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,
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
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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Susan Gast began Easy Food Dehydrating in December 2010.
Read Susan's story of what sparked her interest in all things related to "food dehydrating."
She is featured on the Mother Earth News blog, and on Solo Build It! (SBI!) who hosts this site. Read her first SBI! interview and her second SBI! interview.
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which reviews a variety of products related to the publishing industry -
if you're at all interested in AI and self-publishing. The website is
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