We recently had an over abundance of strawberries. I had bought some on sale and my mom came over with a bunch she got at her local farmer's market. What to do with all these strawberries before they spoiled? I have always enjoyed the dried strawberries you find in some cereals and thought I would try and make them myself. We don't have a food dehydrator, so I used the oven, well, the toaster oven to be exact. You can use either. So how simple are these to make? Read on...
You will need:
- Cooking spray
Wash the strawberries and dry them with a paper towel. Now it's time to slice the strawberries. I just cut ours in half since they shrink a lot in cooking, but if you want them thinner and crispier, slice the strawberries thinner.
We made ours in the toaster oven but you can use your oven as well. We set the toaster oven for 150 degrees. If your oven doesn't go this low just set it for the lowest it will go. We left it in the oven for 6 hours. I could have left them in longer, but I wanted them to be a little chewy. If you are making them in the oven you may want to leave the door open a bit so air can escape and they can dry out more thoroughly. Please be careful with kids around if you do this.
The flavor of these easy dried strawberries is so robust. It is really concentrated and tastes almost like candy. The kids gobbled them up. You will want to store these in the refrigerator because they may have some moisture left in them that can make them spoil if left out. My guess is that you will not have any left to store once the kids taste them.
For more fruit ideas little ones will love check out For the Love of Fruit.
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