Fail: Dried Strawberries

Name: Amanda

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What I Did: These oven dried strawberries have been tempting me for several months now. Today I finally had the time (and strawberries) to make it. I looked up the directions and followed them exactly except I skipped the salt and pepper because that just sounded gross. After three hours in the oven my result was NO where near what the original picture showed. They’re mushy, brown, tart and gross. They were perfectly delicious strawberries before this fiasco.

My Result:

pinterest fail oven dried strawberries

Next Time I Will: I won’t try this project again, unless maybe I used a real dehydrator but even then I’d hate to waste more delicious strawberries for a less than delicious result.

[Editors Note: I have this pinned too! I’m really sad to see this is a fail. I was excited about trying this one out myself!]


  1. Tavia

    Try leaving the door open slightly, and making sure the strawberries were dry before you slice and place them on the pan. The moisture needs to evaporate, and the oven shouldn’t be closed for this. This always works for me… Try again and see what happens!

  2. Katie C.

    What a bummer! I did it following the directions exactly – and they came out wonderful! I ended up eating them all at once

  3. Krissy League

    Couple helpful hints:

    You need salt, it pulls the water out of the strawberries. Otherwise they will just be a soggy mess. Don’t worry they won’t taste salt.

    Make sure you pat them dry before they go in the oven.

    Cut the in berries as close to the same size and thickness as possible.

    Spread evenly across the cookie sheet make sure they are not touching and over lapping.

    Hope it helps, we make these every year with our extra berries out of the garden.

    • Jenna

      That board is awesome! I’m so glad someone is systematically debunking the silly claims people are making on Facebook.

  4. Tina

    I did those as instructed and they definitely didn’t LOOK like the original picture, but they sure were delicious! They even seemed sweeter! I make them every time strawberries go on sale. 🙂

  5. sarah

    I would say like other posters have said… I think you need the salt. Salt naturally draws out water in fruits and vegetables. If you salt a slice of cucumber it pulls the water from it. This would work the same way I would imagine…

  6. Kerry

    I made these and they were awesome! I did use parchment paper on the bottom of the pan– I did check on them and blot some excess moisture off of them a couple times. They were great on salads.

  7. nina balan

    OMG!! You have just made me laugh out loud. This site is hysterical. I am glad I am not the only one who has problems replicating stuff..

  8. Danielle

    I did the exact same thing mine turned out awful!!!! Had to leave them soaking over night to get them off.

  9. Lexi

    I tried this too, with the salt and pepper and also had horrible results! So disappointing!

  10. Helen Russo

    I’ve dried strawberries (sliced slim 1/4″ not quite 1/8th “) with a dehydrator and had marvelous results, including a blue ribbon. I did nothing to them. I don’t know that I would try doing what this pintrest says to do, sounds iffy at best.

  11. melissa ferns

    salt is a preservative and like stated before helps dry things out i have seen this fail on here multiple times and although it may sound gross it is probably a key ingredient in them coming out correctly and spices are used to counteract flavors pepper is most likely to remove some of the tartness of the strawberries. Cooks often use lemon or other acidic fruits in overly sweet recipes to tone down some of the sweetness all of this should be taken into account when trying a recipe where the ingredients sound off to someone who hasn’t taken culinary classes. Unless your a chef with proper expensive cooking devices/utensils/knowledge it will never come out looking exactly like the picture, but that doesn’t matter taste is key. I would love to see someone who followed full directions(i’m not a big strawberry fan) and used salt and pepper share their experience. Not criticizing anyone just trying to share some of the knowledge i picked up.

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