You’ll love this recipe for oven-dried strawberries that are sweet, chewy, and perfect to pack for kids on the go.
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❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe
They’re delicious! These strawberries have a candy-like chewiness, like a dried apricot. They are sweet, delicious, and hold up very well in packed snacks and lunches. I eat many of them each time I make a batch for the kids.
Super easy! There is nothing to this recipe. Just pop ’em in the oven and wait!
This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.
You’ll need the following for this yummy homemade snack
- fresh strawberries
- lemon juice
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- mixing bowl
Preheat the oven to 175 if possible, or 200 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes until strawberries have released their juices
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and place strawberries on top in a single layer. Bake for 2-3 hours with the door ajar, rotating every 30 minutes. The strawberries are done when the edges are darkened, and they have a sticky texture.
🥫 Storage instructions
Before storing, allow them to cool completely, which may take a few hours.
They will last in the fridge for about 2 weeks, or can be frozen for 6 months. Mason jars are great for storing these.
Just be patient! They’ll get there.
👩🏻🍳 Expert tips
- Your strawberries should sit in the sugar for a few minutes to draw the juices out.
- Finished strawberries should be chewy and still somewhat moist.
📘 Related Recipes
- Well, obviously, they are good as a snack by themselves. They are especially useful for packing in lunchboxes and snacks because they hold up much better than fresh strawberries.
- We also like them as a mix in our DIY Chobani Flips.
- I love them in salads with pecans and blue cheese, but my husband hates them in there, so who knows.
- Don’t forget to add them your printable canning planner, so you can make a big batch when strawberry season comes around!
The Story behind the recipe
Once upon a time, my sister-in-law gave me a five-pound bag of the most delicious dried fruit on earth. They tasted like a giant, sweet gummy bears but were dried strawberries. Imagine my horror when I went to buy some more, only to find that they were THIRTEEN DOLLARS A POUND. Very sad.
I have been on a five-year mission to duplicate them. Have I succeeded? No. I will not post the recipe, but instead sell them and be rich if I ever do. Until that day comes, this recipe is very satisfying.
📖 Here’s the recipe
Chewy Oven Dried Strawberries
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries halved or quartered
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice bottled or fresh
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Preheat oven to 175 if possible, or 200 degrees
- Combine all ingredients in large bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes until strawberries have released their juices
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and place strawberries on top in a single layer
- Bake for 2-3 hours with the door ajar, rotating every 30 minutes. The strawberries are done when the edges are darkened and they have a sticky texture.
- Allow to cool completely before storing. Will keep best refrigerated or frozen.