Unless you are an absolutely perfect slicer, you’ll likely have to remove some strawberries before they’re all 100% done. Thinner slices dry faster, and the berries can take longer if you slice them thicker than 1/8-1/4″.
If you have some fruit that is on it’s way out a fruit roll is an awesome alternative, and the preparation is typically easier than almost every other method of preservation. After an hour of washing, hulling, and slicing strawberries for dehydrated chips or frozen fruit, you’ll be glad to simply toss some fruit in a blender, pour the liquid onto a dehydrator sheet or parchment paper.
Simiply set your dehydrator to 135F, and walk away for 4-12 hours.
Time saving Tip: You can actually leave the leaves on.
Just rinse the berries, toss them in the blender, get ‘em mashed to a pulp (so that you can’t see the green leaves), and place carefully onto parchment paper. I highly recommend pouring alongside your dehydrator to avoid messes.
The sheets available for the Excalibur are named Paraflexx, and they are coated with Teflon so that they are non-stick. This is a non-chemical Teflon, and it will likely never flake or scratch off.
Excalibur also sells a vegetable-based parchment paper which is renewable and compostable as an alternative option.