For the love of Food :)

Dehydrated Strawberries

Last weekend I went to Sydney’s biggest Fruit and Vegetable Market with my Son. Much like your new and trendy farmers markets this is filled with farmers selling their produce but unlike a farmers market your encouraged to buy boxes of fruit for a heavily discounted rate. And that my friends is where I landed myself into a little trouble! I bought a whole box of Strawberries for $5, now just so you know how many strawberries I had a box contained 12 punnets of Strawberries! Yes it was a bargain, but now what do I do with that many Strawberries? That’s when I decided to preserve them. I didn’t want to make jam, partially because I made nectarine jam from the box of nectarines that I bought also for $5, and I also wanted to do something different. I then remembered that a few years ago I bought a dehydrator that was on special at a homewares store, but have only dehydrated mushrooms in it, and thats when I decided that I would experiment with these cheap as chip strawberries and see if I could dehydrate them. I could go on and on about the health benefits of dehydrating your own fruit and how this is a much healthier way of preserving your food compared to making jams as there isn’t any added sugar or preservative at all. However for me it all comes down to one thing and thats flavour, if it doesn’t taste great than I am not going to eat it. And one thing is for sure once you dehydrate your own fruit you won’t buy the store stuff anymore.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries

Method:

Dehydrator:

1) Remove the green leaves from your strawberries. Next you need to slice your strawberries into 1/2cm thick slices.
2) Arrange your sliced strawberries onto the trays of your dehydrator, (If you don’t have one arrange them onto a baking tray) making sure that they are not touching each other.
3) Set your dehydrator to 57C. It will take 8-10hrs for them to completely dry out and 10-14hrs for them to become crispy.
4) Remove and to cool. Once the strawberries have cooled completely they will firm up. Then just store them in an air tight container.

Oven:

1) Preheat oven to 90C.
2) Remove the green leaves form your strawberries. Next slice the strawberries in half, or into quarters for larger ones.
3) Arrange the strawberries onto baking tray, cut side up and making sure that they are not touching each other.
4) Place your trays in the oven for 3 hours, then set aside so they completely cool. Store them in an air tight container.

Remember the secret to the perfect dish is to cook with love (and a little va va voom) xx

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