For those of you lucky enough to have an Aldi's store near you, now you know where I get so many awesome produce deals! Obliviously during the summer months, Farmer's Markets are your best bet on finding good deals on your local produce, but other times Aldi's can help me replace my dehydrated supply as well.
I have been looking forward for strawberries to come on sale for quite awhile, and my wish finally came true. It was such a good deal, I bought 10 pounds! I used 4 pounds for strawberry leather, and the other 6 pounds I dehydrated plain. Dehydrated strawberries are soooooo yummy!
1. Wash and slice strawberries.
2. Spray strawberry slices with the lemon juice/water mixture. You can soak them if you want, I just find spraying them to be quicker. You don't even have to do this step, but I prefer pre-treating almost all fruits before dehydrating, just to help prevent oxidation and preserve their nutrients and their natural look as much as possible.
3. Put sliced strawberries on your the dehydrator trays, making sure not to overlap them.
4. Dehydrate the strawberries according to your dehydrator's directions.
5. Make sure the strawberries are cooled off before storing. I let the them cool right in the dehydrator, then I remove the strawberries and store in an air tight container for a day or two at room temperature.
6. Package strawberries. My preferred method of storage is using canning jars. I keep one jar in the refrigerator for short term storage, and the rest I will put in jars, add an oxygen remover packet, and then seal up with my vacuum sealer. You can even hear it "pop" just like in heat canning. I then store these in my spare refrigerator in the garage. They will last a very long time with this method of storing.