If you want fresh strawberries to last longer, it is better to dry them. Dried fruits can be used both in the oven and in the microwave or in the dryer.
Dry the strawberries in the oven
Dried fruit is the perfect in-between snack, and is also great for muesli, in yogurt, or as an addition to salads. It is easiest to dry strawberries in the oven. Here’s how it’s done:
- Preheat the convection oven to 80 degrees.
- Wash the strawberries and remove the greens.
- Cut the fruit into 5 mm slices.
- Place the strawberries on a kitchen towel and wipe them lightly.
- Place the strawberry slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, taking care not to overlap the fruit.
- Place the tray in the oven, leaving the oven door ajar or inserting a wooden spoon between them to allow the moisture to escape.
- Let the strawberries dry in the oven for about three to three and a half hours. Turn the slices every 60 minutes.
- Check if the strawberries are dry. When the chips are crispy, they are ready.
Drying strawberries without an oven
If you don’t have an oven at home, there are alternatives you can use to dry fruit. With a dehydrator you will get crispy dried fruits, with a microwave the consistency may change a little.
- Dehydrator: Wash and cut the strawberries. Place the strawberries in a dehydrator and let them dry at 60 degrees for five to six hours.
- microwave: Heat the sliced strawberries on high for two minutes. Open the microwave oven door to allow the moisture to escape. Now let the microwave oven run on the lowest setting for 20-30 minutes and open the door briefly every three minutes.