I have been watching this pin get repinned and have been dying to try it, I happened to have some extra strawberries in the fridge so I decided to give it a wack. I am pretty comfortable in the kitchen & have dried other stuff in the oven (though it has been a while) so I thought it would be fun & easy as the directions were super simple.
I will admit some of my berries are bigger then others, but even the small ones were still not dry after 6 HOURS in the oven. They smelled good, and my 4.5 yr old twins think they are tasty so I put them in the fridge for them, but I consider this a fail.
The pinned picture looks like what you would get out of a dehydrator and even after just the 3 hours mine looked nothing like that (again, even the small ones) at 3 hours the skin it self had barely dried out. They were about the same thinness in the end, but I think it would have taken another 1-2 hours to dry them the rest of the way & by then the skin would have been WAY to dry. I could have put them skin side down but didn’t because it didn’t say & I’m not sure if that would have made much of a difference.I do have an electric oven not gas, so don’t know if that would make a difference but as far as following the directions to get a tasty eye candy treat FAIL.
MINE… (and believe me they looked better on the tray then in a pile! lol)
A good reminder that not as is as it seems on pinterest!!! I have never actually tried drying fruit in the oven (have done veggies & jerky). After a bit of googling (maybe I should have done that FIRST) it looks like most foods should be oven dried at a temp of 140* ish with the oven door cracked a smidge to let the moisture out which makes since it turns into steam & needs to get out of the oven! Also they need to dry for a much longer period of time (6-16hr depending on what you are using). Oven drying not worth the hassle!
Now I want a dehydrator to make some yummy DRIED strawberries.