Intro: Strawberry Chips
My girls recently bought a cute little strawberry slicer, and so when I saw strawberries were on sale this week, I loaded up. One of their favorite strawberry treats is dried strawberry chips. Easy to make and very tasty, strawberry chips can be used in oatmeal, granola, kaschi, or all by themselves. They travel much better in a lunch bag or backpack than fresh strawberries, and keep a lot longer too. So while we still have a pound of fresh strawberries to eat, we also have a fair amount of dried ones to hold us over until they are on sale again.
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries
- 1 tbsp sugar (optional)
Step 1: Cleaning
Thoroughly clean the strawberries. I prefer to put them in a sink full of cold water then wash and inspect each one before placing in a plastic collander. This makes it easier to find bad spots, and set aside mushy ones (for compost).
Step 2: Top and Slice
While you could use a strawberry corer, I don't own one, so it might be easier and quicker to just slice the tops off. Slice the strawberries in the slicer and set aside until all the strawberries are sliced. At this point some people chose to sprinkle a tablespoon or so of sugar on the fruit, but I find the strawberry chips are sweet enough without it.
Step 3: Arrange Slices and Dry
Arrange the slices on the clean-a-screens in the dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 4-6 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Times will vary depending on the thickness of your slices. For mine, it took about 5 hours.
Step 4: Remove and Enjoy!
When the strawberry chips have cooled, remove the clean-a-screens from the trays and remove the strawberry chips by turning the screens upside down and folding them a few times, the chips should pop right off!