Are you looking for a way to make strawberries last for a really long time so that you could take advantage of their taste and the many health perks they are known to bring? Well, all you need to do is read on to know how you can turn fresh strawberries that can easily rot away into something that can stand the test of time!
The secret to making strawberries stay around much longer than they normally do is by turning them into powder, which is very dry and thus more resistant to bacteria.
While strawberry powder is definitely not the same as fresh strawberries, you can still use it for making tea or flavoring smoothies. You may also sprinkle it on oatmeal and yogurt, or use it as a flavoring ingredient when making various kinds of baked masterpieces. In short, powdered strawberry is so versatile!
Even though it no longer looks like the real deal, strawberry powder is still strawberry. This only means that it still offers some of the most impressive health benefits that strawberries are known to offer. Some of them include reduced heart disease risk, controlled inflammation, delayed skin aging and bolstered immunity.
When was the last time you came across powdered strawberries (powdered strawberry juice that isn’t really made from any strawberry not included!) at your favorite supermarket? Chances are never! That’s why checking out the recipe for making strawberry powder can make your kitchen like no other!
Turning fresh strawberries into powdered form is actually very easy. You don’t really need to use all sorts of fancy kitchen tools. However, you will need an oven and also a blender or food processor. Already own these two? Good — nothing shall keep you from making your very first batch of strawberry powder!
Here are the steps to take:
-Get your oven preheated to 70°C — that’s equivalent to 160°F.
-Using a sharp knife, carefully slice fresh strawberries thinly. The thinner each slice, the better. If you have a mandoline slicer in your kitchen, feel free to use it to make the slicing task so much faster and easier.
-Neatly arrange strawberry slices on a large cookie sheet. Make sure that they form a single layer only, with no two pieces piled on top of one another.
-Stash the cookie sheet in the oven and allow the slices of strawberries to cook for about 6 hours. Well, the goal is not really to have them cooked, but to get them dehydrated. It’s important to do the dehydration process by means of your oven using low heat only to keep the strawberries from getting burned.
-Check the strawberries every 2 hours or so to make sure that they don’t wind up burned.
-To tell if the slices of strawberry are ready to be turned into powder, pick one and try to crush it with your thumb and index finger. If it easily crumbles, then it’s primed for grinding.
-Place the cookie sheet onto a wire rack to allow strawberry slices to cool thoroughly.
-Once cooled completely, it’s time to get them pulverized using a blender, food processor, or coffee or spice grinder. Just remember to pulverize a small batch at a time for consistency.
-Transfer powdered strawberries in an airtight container and keep in a cool and dry place in your kitchen.
That’s how trouble-free it is to turn fresh strawberries into powdered strawberries! It’s so versatile that you can enjoy it in a variety of ways. For instance, you can dissolve a teaspoon of it in a cup of hot water for a serving of instant strawberry tea! You may also sprinkle it on just about any nice treat that you are about to enjoy, from ice cream to oatmeal.
Kindly repost this on your different social media sites to let your health-conscious or do-it-yourselfer family and friends know how they can make their very own powdered strawberry!