Make your own delicious twizzle bites by drying fresh strawberries! These easily dried strawberries taste better than candy, and they’re good for you.
Learn how to dry strawberries with minimal effort, with or without a food dehydrator to help!
Personally, I’ve found the easiest way to slice the berries quickly and ensure they’re all exactly the same thickness is to use a strawberry slicer. I have this one and love it. Larger berries will need to be cut in half first though.
How to Dry Strawberries
1 quart of fresh strawberries
Wash and hull (remove the green leafy part) the strawberries, then cut them in half.
Place them cut side up on a prepared tray (use parchment paper for easy clean-up) in a single non-touching layer.
Place them in an oven at 200F for about 3- 4 hours. At about the halfway mark you can flip them over if you’d like, you don’t have to.
If you’re drying them in a food dehydrator, the temps will be approximately 135F and it will take about 7-9 hours to fully dry to chewy stage (depending on the size of the strawberries).
or 10-13 hours if you want to make your own dried fruit powder. Simply blend the dried strawberries with a blender into a fine powder and add it to baked goods, cereals, pasta and more.
These will last several weeks in an airtight container (if fully dried!).
Dried Strawberry Candy
1 pound fresh Strawberries
2 Tbs granulated sugar
Hull the strawberries and cut them into even halves. Place the strawberries in a bowl with the sugar, stir to coat. Cover the bowl and let them rest for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 185F
Spread the berries on a silpat lined cookie sheet. Bake for 3 hours, rotating the cookie sheet every 30-45 minutes. Let the berries cool
How to Make Candied Strawberries in a Dehydrator
1 pound fresh strawberries
1 3-ounce package strawberry gelatin
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice
Prepare the strawberries by removing the hulls, washing gently and patting dry. Slice them as directed above. Sprinkle the sliced berries lightly with dry strawberry gelatin, powdered sugar, or; dip in honey/lemon juice mix (1/4 cup honey mixed with 1/4 cup lemon juice).
Place in your favorite brand of dehydrator on dehydrator trays. Dry 4 hours at 135° F.