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A few months ago I got a super great deal on a dehydrator. Actually, come to think of it, it might have been last summer… Man time flies. Anyway, I was shopping at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and stopped to check their clearance section. I always check their clearance section, you never know what you will find!
I walked around the entire rack once before I noticed the Nesco American Harvest FD-61 Snackmaster Encore Dehydrator and Jerky Maker. The box was pretty beat up and the tag read scratch/dent box. The original price was listed at $64.99 but it was reduced to $28.99!! I was pretty excited about that! I texted James to get his opinion on the purchase, since it was not on the list for the month. He agreed that it was a good deal and said it would be a good time to purchase it.
I used a 20% off coupon on it too! Which brought the price down to $23.19 and after tax the total was $24.58!! That is a steal! When I got it home I found out it also had a bonus fruit roll sheet! Score!
Needless to say, I have become a little obsessed with dehydrating things! My first attempt was cranberries and my first batch turned out horribly! But after I got the hang of it, I was rocking out dried cranberries. When strawberry season came around here in Florida, the girls and I drove out to Plant City to buy a case or two. We ended up buying 8 cases! I had to quickly come up with ways to preserve them because let’s be honest here… there are only so many strawberries you can eat each day!
I love, love, love how simple strawberries are to dehydrate!
- Strawberries, 32 ounces
- Dehydrator, I use this Nesco Dehydrator
- Wash strawberries.
- Cut strawberries into halves, quarters, or slices. (I did some of each).
- Lay strawberries in rows onto tray, make sure they do not overlap.
- Repeat until all strawberries are used.
- Stack trays on top of the bottom and place the lid on top.
- Set the dehydrator to manufacturer’s instructions (I set mine to 135 degrees).
- Dehydrate for 6-12 hours.
- Check for doneness at 6 hours. Check to see if the strawberries are still moist, juicy, or sticky. The strawberries should be done if they are leathery and pliable.
For me, the sliced strawberries took 6 hours, the quartered ones took 9 hours, and the halves took 11 hours.
After just a few days, I had dehydrated 3 cases of strawberries. My girls and I love having dehydrated strawberries available for snacking, mixing in with our granola, and adding to some trail mix. I’m even thinking about making some other treats with the dehydrated strawberries.
Have you ever dehydrated strawberries? What are your favorite ways to eat them?
Have a blessed day!
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