Fail: Baked Strawberries (Yes, Again)

[Editors Note: I think it’s officially time to delcare this a dead pin. Stop repinning it! So far I haven’t seen any evidence that it actually works.]

Name: carmella

My Blog: http://tryitwithcarmella.blogspot.com/

Original Inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/158822324330019205/

What I Did: Well, I spotted Baked Strawberries on Pinterest and was intrigued. The directions say to dry out strawberries in the oven by baking them for 3 hours. I love Twizzlers and candy, and dried fruit is a good option to snack on, so I thought it’d be a good one to try!

The recipe online says to dice the strawberries and then sprinkle salt and pepper over them. I thought that was strange and considered sprinkling sugar on top of the strawberries instead. But, I decided to follow the directions and add salt and pepper.

Well… as you can see in my photo, this didn’t totally work. Some strawberries had burnt through before the end of the bake time, so I had to turn off the oven early. Most of the strawberries were painfully stuck to the pan. Some strawberries were still “raw” and wet.. or wet on one half only. And then a few of the strawberries reached the desired end result.

Blog Post Detailing The Experience: http://tryitwithcarmella.blogspot.com/2012/10/pinterest-fail-baked-strawberries.html

My Result:

Next Time I Will: I may try this again, but this time I won’t dice the strawberries as small as I did this time… I’m thinking larger pieces may help this turn out correctly?

15 COMMENTS ON THIS FAIL:

  1. Rose

    Did you leave the oven door slightly open?

  2. Tiffany

    Tried this also. Made my house smell weird and did not like the end result at all.

  3. Abby

    Try placing them on parchment paper, thats how I was always taught

  4. Cuppa Joy

    These are most DEFINITELY a FAIL!!! I tried these, too….nothing but gooey stink. Certainly a DEAD PIN!! You need a real dehydrator to dehydrate strawberries.

  5. Flower

    I tried this when I needed dried strawberries for macarons. It was awful. I finally used a dehydrator. Perfect results and the strawberry taste remained intact. The oven changes the taste, and blackens one side without fully cooking the inside.

  6. Cortney

    Would a convection oven work, ya think?

  7. Rebecca

    I clicked all the way through to the original pin – the temperature is 100C or 210F. It has to be on a VERY low oven for a number of hours. 210C would burn them and cause the results that seem to be happening. Or a real dehydrator as Cuppa Joy says.

  8. Aimee

    The best way to dry fruit in the oven is to place it on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and put it in the oven with the light on – no heat. The heat from the light bulb is enough. It takes a long time – up to 15 hours. This is why I bought a dehydrator – works every time!

  9. mary kay

    I did this today. I had large strawberries, removed greens and cut in half. Placed cut side up on metal rack over cookie sheet. Oven set at 175º and propped the oven door open about 2 inches and placed a fan blowing into oven on low. It’s been 3 hours, not losing any juices, took one out to try…good sweet/tart flavor….going to let dehydrate about one more hour.
    Turned out great!

  10. Ashley

    Alton brown has an entire Good Eats episode on how to dry fruits with and without an oven! You can probably find it on YouTube 🙂

  11. Bikki

    Why would you put pepper on them?

  12. Lee

    I may try this in my nu wave oven, can dehydrate just like a dehydrator!

  13. Amanda

    I’ve tried this as well…5 hours and counting and it’s still not working like it says it should. 90% of my strawberries are still raw, just warm and slightly darker in color. They also taste a little odd.

  14. Nicole Magnuson

    I saw one where you cut them in half put the cut side up on parchment paper. Cook for two hours and then turn and cook 2 more hours

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