Okay folks, here is something that is so simple I can’t believe we haven’t done it until now!?! Dehydrating! Actually, the reason we haven’t done it in the past is because our oven temperature wasn’t low enough and there is just too much shade where we live to do it outside. However, all this has changed since we recently purchased the Excalibur 3900. Look out berries, look out citrus, veggies, apples, and more! We plan to make dehydrating a regular part of our preserving plan and the skies are the limits.
First up, dehydrating some freshly picked strawberries. We love making our own granola cereal and often purchase dehydrated fruits to include. But now we won’t have to because we can top our cereal, yogurt, or ice cream with these beautiful berries. We know where they came from, we picked them with our own two hands, washed them thoroughly, and sliced each one with care. There is something so satisfying about doing it yourself. Don’t you agree?
We don’t think the following recipe will be very helpful unless you have a dehydrator and even then the drying times may vary but we thought we’d include it to show you how easy it really is. Who knows maybe you have a dehydrator or are thinking about getting one? This might encourage you to add dehydrating to your preserving projects. It really is simple, simple, simple!
RECIPE FOR DEHYRDATING STRAWBERRIES:
- strawberries (use as many or as little as you want to dehydrate) ~ approximately 11 lbs will fill all 9 trays on our unit
- Wash strawberries well and remove stems.
- Cut into 1/4″ slices. Note: It’s important to try to cut the slices all the same thickness so that they will evenly dry.
- Lay berries onto dehydrating tray arranging them closely but not touching.
- Place trays into dehydrator for 8-10 hours.
- Check after 7 hours to see if they are the texture you like. If not, continue to dehydrate for up to 5 more hours. You want them pliable and leathery but not soft.
- Label and store in clean sterilized mason jars.
Put up Total:
- 2 x 500mL Weck Mold Jars
- 2 x 500mL regular mouth mason jars
Note: If you live in a warm/humid part of the world you may want to refrigerate your dehydrated fruits and veggies. We live in Canada and will store them in our pantry. If condensation appears in your jars or Ziploc bags then they require further drying.