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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

Don't Let Delicious Berries Go to Waste! How to Dehydrate Strawberries

Updated: Feb 7

One of the most effortless ways to put up strawberries from your garden is to dehydrate them. The drying process takes a long time, but it will keep your hands free to do other things while your berries dry. Dehydrated berries are an excellent way to add nutrition to your morning oatmeal or as a simple snack. I am using a Farberware 10 in 1 unit. They do not sponsor this blog.


Ingredients:


Parchment paper

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

4 cups water

2lbs. strawberries


Preparation:


1. Evenly slice all your strawberries to roughly 1/4 inch. You want them to dry around the same time, so this is important. Set berries aside.


2. In a small saucepan heat 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of water until the sugar dissolves. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.


3. Pour strawberries into the sugar mixture and allow to soak for 10 minutes


4. Place the strawberries on a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper so they won't stick.


5. Set the temperature of your dehydrator to 135 degrees F.


6. Place the baking sheet in the dehydrator and set the timer for six hours. The whole process can take up to 10 hours, but you'll need to start checking your berries around 6 hours. Flip the strawberries over to the other side halfway through. For crunchier berries, dehydrate longer. Using my dehydrator this process only took 8 hours. The thickness of your cuts will determine processing times.


7. Store your strawberries in airtight containers.


Enjoy!




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