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

oven-dried strawberries

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. But sometimes the kids get a little bored, so this is a fun way to change up how I offer them.

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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.

how to make oven-dried strawberries step by step

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the simple process involved in making this recipe.

  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 parchment-paper free if you use this kind of tray with ridges which helps 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. 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!)

oven-dried strawberries on baking pan

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 healthy treat for older toddlers and big kids—and, of course, mom and dad!

How long do these oven-dried strawberries last?

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.

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.

Tips for Making the Best Oven-Dried Strawberries

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

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Oven-Dried Strawberries

You can do two baking sheets at once to get a slightly larger batch—definitely do this if you're making these for more than one kiddo! Just be sure to swap the positions of the pans halfway through baking to ensure that they bake evenly.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 10kcal
Servings 2 (Makes about 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 5-6 strawberries (stems removed)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash, dry, and remove the stems from the berries.
  • Use a mandoline to make slices that are about 1/8-inch thick (on my mandoline, the notch is between the 1 and the 2). Spread out on the prepared baking sheet without overlapping and bake for 60 minutes. Carefully turn the slices over.
  • Bake for an additional 15-30 minute or until mostly firm (and not sticky) to the touch. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet. (They crisp a little further as they cool.) Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days and store at room temperature.

Equipment

Notes

  • Use a mandoline 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 46mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 4IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Give the slices a quick dunk in lemon water before drying and they won’t brown as much and they’ll taste brighter when dried.

    1. 1-3 days. They stay crisp overnight but may start to soften after two days depending on the humidity in your house. It’s not a huge batch though, so we never have a problem eating them quickly!