Today’s snack – Dehydrated strawberries!

Do you own a dehydrator? We picked one up on sale at Cabela’s a few months back and it ROCKS. we bought their 10 tray, rear fan one. Check it out:
Cabela’s 10 tray digital dehydrator! on sale!
We had a bunch of organic strawberries that we weren’t going to eat in time. So today at their peak ripeness we dehydrated them. SO easy!

-wash strawberries! I read that adding a cup of vinegar to a sink of water helps clean fruits/veggies better but also extends the life of your berries!

-trim stems

-slice with your handy dandy egg slicer! I used my Pampered Chef egg slicer. It cuts them perfectly, saves a ton of time and is easy clean up. If you don’t have an egg slicer I recommend slicing them no more than a 1/4 inch thick.

-at this point I heat up my dehydrator. I set it to 130 degrees for 6 hours. Everyone’s dehydrator is different so I set mine shy of suggested times so I can check on them and adjust the timer. I ended up leaving them in for a total of 9 hours.

-place the strawberries on the trays. Be sure to space them evenly without overlap. Like this:

By the time I got home from work tonight my tasty morsels were done. You want them to be pliable but not soft and not too hard. 3 pounds yielded approximately 1lb of dried strawberries.
My stash:

I store most dehydrated fruits/veggies in mason jars. For long term storage I suggest oxygen absorbers. Ours won’t last more than a few days so I store them in the freezer. It keeps them crunchy and is a nice treat on crazy hot days!