Easy Oven-Dried Strawberries

If you and your kids love freeze-dried strawberries or strawberry chips sold in the convenient, but somewhat pricey packages, or you have a surplus of fresh strawberries, you will love this recipe for Oven-Dried Strawberries. It’s a simple method for drying fresh strawberries into what are basically chips. So good!

Oven-Dried Strawberries

These dried berries are sweet, flavorful, and contain just one ingredient: strawberries! Whenever strawberries are on sale, they’re a regular feature in our kitchen because my kids love them so much.

We love eating strawberries fresh, but sometimes the kids get a little bored with them, so this is a fun way to change up how I offer them.

(These are also great to take on the go since they’re less messy than fresh ones.)

Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe, you just need fresh strawberries. You’ll want to use at least a quart or more to make sure you get enough at the end to make it worth the time it takes to bake them.

You can do one batch of these strawberries or double it to make plenty to share with the kids.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full information.

  1. Wash, dry, and trim the stems off of your berries.
  2. Use a mandoline to slice into thin, even slices.
  3. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper (or you can use the kind of baking tray with ridges and skip the parchment paper as the ridges help prevent the food from sticking).
  4. Bake.

TIP: Let them cool completely on the pan before eating to ensure that they’re crispy.

Why should I make oven-dried strawberries at home?

Well, first, because they can cost so much at the store. And second, because they’re easy to make. Especially when you see fresh strawberries on sale, this is a great way to use some of them up.

These oven-dried strawberries are also a nice option to pack into a container when you want to serve a simple snack while on the go, since they don’t need to be kept cold and they totally taste like a treat.

Can I make these without a mandoline?

If you have very polished knife skills, you totally can, but for the rest of us, a mandoline makes cutting even and think slices easy. (Just use the guide that it comes with to protect your fingers from nicks!)

Do these homemade dried strawberry chips taste the same as store-bought?

Texture-wise, these aren’t quite as dissolvable as the freeze-dried fruit, but they have a very similar flavor. They are crunchy, but easy to chew, and are just ever so slightly sticky like fruit leather. They are a fun snack for older toddlers and big kids—and, of course, mom and dad.

Can I make this recipe in a dehydrator?

Sure! Refer to the instruction booklet that your dehydrator came with to get an idea of how long they’ll need to be in there. Mine takes about 6-8 hours to make dried strawberries assuming they’re all sliced uniformly thin.

How to Store

Honestly, we almost always eat a batch on the day we make them, but they’ll last for about 3 days in an airtight container stored at room temperature.

Best Tips for Success

  • Use a mandoline slicer to make thin, uniform slices.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet or use a baking sheet with raised ridges to prevent sticking.
  • Let cool completely before eating for the best texture.

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