This recipe method concentrates the berries’ flavors, so the more delicious they are to begin with, the better they will be dried. Here’s your opportunity to use up berries that are slightly past their prime. At Craftsman and Wolves in San Francisco, CA, William Werner combines them with raw berries in tarts or adds them to arugula salads. They're chewy—a bit softer than a dried apricot—with a plump, juicy consistency.
1 pound strawberries, hulled, halved, quartered if large
2 tablespoons raw sugar or granulated sugar
Toss strawberries and sugar in a large bowl and let sit until berries start to release their juices, 25–30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 185° (or the lowest possible setting, which may be 200°). Spread out berries on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat and bake, rotating baking sheet about every 30 minutes, until berries are darkened in color and dried out around the edges but still slightly juicy in the center, 3–3½ hours. Let cool on baking sheet.
Do Ahead: Berries can be dried 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.
Recipe by William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves, San Francisco, CAReviews SectionI think the strawberries would benefit from staying in the oven for much longer. i put them in the oven at around 135f for 5-10 hours rather than 185f for 3 hours. Also to prevent all the juices from leaking and creating a jelly film on the bottom of the sheet, make sure you put the strawberries cut side up. While it bakes the strawberry juices will concentrate rather leak out on the sheet.marcelinejankensMassachusetts05/26/20This sounded like a great idea to use the last of some amazing strawberries I had. I followed directions exactly and they looked similar to the photo in the oven but these were a mess. By the time they cooled and I attempted to separate them from the now jelled juices they resembled large scabs on a tray. Sticker and softer than I expected as well. The taste was fine, but they look too unappetizing to serve.AnonymousOlympia, WA06/19/19I am going to try this but instead of an oven, I'm going to put the pan inside my Weber grill on a sunny hot summer's day. It gets pretty toasty in their I've noticed. I'll will update this comment after doing same.kat_madd_coChicago05/30/19
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