Dehydrating strawberries is one of the best ways to use up excess strawberries. Dehydrating strawberries is also a great way to have them out of season because they will last for longer and taste just as good. Here are some tips on dehydrating strawberries in an air fryer:
-Line the air fryer basket with tin foil or parchment paper. This will allow you to remove your dehydrated strawberries easily so that you can store them or serve them once they are done. Make sure the tin foil or parchment paper goes all the way up the sides of the basket so that you do not miss any areas with no dehydration – allowing the little microorganisms that cause food borne illness access into your and onto your plate.
-Slice the strawberries. It’s best to cut your strawberries into halves or quarters because they dehydrate much faster this way. You can do whole berries, but it may take a little bit longer for them to dry out and have that nice crispy texture you are looking for when they are done.
-Place the strawberry halves in a single layer on the tin foil or parchment – without overlapping each other too much. Remember, placing them in layers makes it easier so you don’t have to stop and turn each one individually like with an oven, just shake the basket!
-Dehydrate at 120°F until fully dried. Tip: If you’re doing more than one bowl of strawberries, stagger their placement in the air fryer basket. This way, you don’t have to wait for the first bowl to finish before adding new items to your air fryer basket.
-Warning: Be aware of the time commitment involved in dehydrating strawberries in an air fryer. It only takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes – but that’s 2 hours and 30 minutes not doing anything else! Make sure to set aside ample time so you’re not rushing your dehydration process because it may compromise the end results.
I hope you find these tips helpful in getting the most out of dehydrating strawberries in an air fryer!