Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fruit Drying -- Strawberries


I've been wanting to try my hand at fruit drying for some time. Growing up, my mom dried apples because we grew so many we couldn't give enough of them away. My favorite dehydrator item was her home made spicy fruit rolls and they were awesome! Sweet, tart, and spicy they gave our taste buds a run for their money. We would hover over the dehydrator waiting for those rolls to dry out so we could eat!

Recently, a friend mentioned that dried strawberries are awesome and not being able to find them at stores we decided to dry them ourselves. Using the dehydrator that I grew up with, we chopped up a half flat of strawberries. They shrink rather quickly. If you look at the top picture, the tray on the left was on top of the stack, and the one the right was on the bottom, closest the heat source. After one hour, look at the difference. They shrank a lot as the strawberries were no longer filling out the trays.

5 comments:

Deborah said...

I have always wanted a food dehydrator. These sound like a delicious snack!

Dustin Mitchell said...

Wow, looks tasty! What do they look like when they're done?

culinaryprincess said...

You're back!!! was wondering what happened to u..there's nothing like drying ur own fruit.i never knew u could till a year ago a classmate of mine gave me some homemade dried apples to try.the ones that u get in the store don't come close to it!!spicy fruit rolls??sounds soo yummy!keep blogging k..miss reading ur posts!!

Kevin said...

Dried strawberries sound really good!

Vern said...

Dried strawberries are so easy in the dehydrator and they taste so sweet (and tart) that they remind me of candy. They shrink to such a small size that you're tempted to eat a lot. What a good snack food.