Sun drying strawberries is a viable way to preserve them. There are many things that cannot be adequately dried in the sun (most vegetables and meats), but the high sugar and acid content of strawberries makes them well-suited to outdoor sun drying. Their low protein concentration minimizes the likelihood of bacterial/microbial overgrowth (as happens with meats).
Conditions Needed When Sun Drying Strawberries
Drying strawberries outside cannot be done just anywhere. The proper conditions are needed if successful drying it to occur. The necessary conditions are:
1. Warm Temperatures – a minimum temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit is required, with warmer temperatures being even better. In most locations, the strawberries will need to be brought in at night to keep the cooler night air from condensing and adding moisture back into the partially dried strawberries.