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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FOOD - Dried Strawberries (FIRST FAIL)

I had my first major FAIL at a pinterest project today! 
strawberries dried in the oven. taste like candy but are healthy & natural. 3 hrs at 210 degrees......might be better than Twizzlers.

Ha! The link promises they taste like candy and are better than Twizzlers (which happens to be my favorite candy)!?!?

I followed the directions, except my strawberries were HUGE so I cut them into smaller pieces. I left one smaller one whole so I could make sure I didn't "ruin" them by cutting them.  I baked them for 3 hours at 210 degrees like it said.... and they turned out still juicy and mostly very sour and a horrible texture! Very disappointing. Even my daughter who loves strawberries wouldn't eat them because they were "too sour" and she wanted a fresh one. 

They might have tasted better if I would have left them in a lot longer so they were more gummy like other "dried" fruits? Maybe my oven temp isn't correct. Something went terribly wrong, and they turned out like this.... half cooked, soggy strawberries.

Any suggestions?!?


  1. I haven't done strawberries myself, but I did do bananas, and I'm guessing the problem is the temperature and time in the recipe. I found out when I was researching for bananas that most actual dehydrators only go up to 100º at their hottest and take FOREVER (a lot more than 2 hours). If you wanted to try this again, I would try as low as your oven goes (for mine, that's 150º on a keep warm setting) and then let it go for several hours until they're actually really dry (bananas took something like 5 hours, and they aren't nearly as juicy as strawberries). I'm told that putting stuff on a baking sheet in your car on a hot summer day actually works well for this, though I haven't tried it. Also, it helps to have some air circulation, so you'll need to open up the oven and stir it around from time to time. Putting it on a wire cooling rack will help with the air circulation too. They'll probably look a lot uglier than the picture (most home dehydrated food does, not sure why theirs looks so pretty) but should definitely taste better- though if you've had store-bought dried strawberries, still rather sour. Definitely NOT going to be a Twizzler, no matter what the original pin says. :)

    1. Thanks so much for the tips! I love banana chips, so maybe I'll try those next (or buy a dehydrator). :-)