How to Make Strawberry Powder

Strawberries are one of the most beloved fruits, known for their sweet, slightly tart flavor and versatility. When fresh strawberries are in season, it can be hard to use them all before they go bad. An excellent way to preserve these summer treats is by turning them into strawberry powder.

How to Make Strawberry Powder

Strawberry powder is made by dehydrating or freeze-drying fresh strawberries and then grinding them into a fine powder. This powder packs a concentrated punch of strawberry flavor that can be used in baking, smoothies, drinks, and more. It's also very easy to make at home with just a few ingredients and tools.

Strawberry powder is simply strawberries that have been dehydrated until completely dry and then pulverized into a fine powder. It looks similar to powdered sugar but is fruit-based rather than sugar-based.

Some key traits of strawberry powder:

  • Intensely concentrated strawberry flavor
  • Fine, smooth texture almost like dust
  • Bright red or pink color
  • Sweet with a hint of tartness
  • Versatile for use in baking and drinks
  • Shelf-stable at room temperature when stored properly

Because the moisture is removed, strawberry powder keeps its flavor and color much longer than fresh strawberries. It makes an excellent additions to all kinds of recipes when you want to add both sweetness and strawberry taste without extra liquid.

Key Takeaway: Strawberry powder is made from dehydrated, ground strawberries and retains an intensely sweet and tart strawberry flavor.

Benefits of Strawberry Powder

Converting fresh strawberries into powder form offers many advantages:

  • Longer shelf life: Powder lasts 6-12 months stored properly while fresh strawberries last about 1 week
  • More uses: Powder integrates seamlessly into baked goods unlike rehydrating dried fruit
  • Intense flavor: Removes moisture allowing strawberry flavor to concentrate
  • Color without liquids: Adds vibrant color without thinning batters like juice
  • Nutrient retention: Many nutrients remain compared to heat-drying methods
  • Space saving: Requires less storage space compared to fresh or frozen
  • Season extending: Enjoy summer strawberry flavor all year round

So if you're a strawberry fan, keeping some strawberry powder on hand can let you enjoy that sweet tart taste no matter what time of year!

How to Make Strawberry Powder

Making DIY strawberry powder at home is surprisingly straightforward. With just a few affordable ingredients and tools, you can whip up batches to last all year.

Here is the simple 3-step process:

  1. Dehydrate fresh strawberries until completely dry
  2. Grind the dried strawberries into a fine powder
  3. Store in an airtight container at room temperature

Now let's get into greater detail on how to follow each step correctly.

Ingredients & Equipment Needed

Luckily strawberry powder only requires strawberries to make. However, having the right gear makes the process much easier.


  • Fresh strawberries


  • Dehydrator or oven
  • Blender or food processor
  • Air-tight containers for storage

A food dehydrator is ideal for making fruit powders since it gently dries at temperatures that preserve nutrients and color. But a standard oven works too if you don't have a dehydrator.

Key Takeaway: Fully grind cooled dehydrated strawberries into a fine powder using a blender or food processor. Allow to rest openly for 1-2 hours then transfer to airtight containers.

How to Make Strawberry Powder

Strawberry Powder Recipe

Making DIY strawberry powder at home is surprisingly straightforward. With just a few affordable ingredients and tools, you can whip up batches to last all year.


  • Fresh strawberries


Step 1: Wash and Slice the Strawberries

  • Start by cleaning your fresh strawberries thoroughly under cool running water. Remove any stems, leaves, or bruised fruit.
  • Pat the strawberries dry using clean paper towels or cloth. Then use a sharp knife to slice them about 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch thick. Keep in mind they will shrink down quite a bit.
  • Be sure your slices are uniform so they dry at the same rate. Place the sliced strawberries in a single layer on dehydrator trays or oven racks.

Step 2: Dehydrate the Strawberry Slices

  • Next, you'll use either an electric food dehydrator or oven to dehydrate the strawberries fully. Drying removes all moisture leaving intense flavor and color.
  • Using a Dehydrator
  • If using a food dehydrator, set your unit to approximately 135°F. The exact time needed can vary from 6-15 hours based on humidity, the ripeness of the berries, and your dehydrator model.
  • Check frequently once the berries look dry on top. They should be evenly shriveled, brittle, and snap when bent rather than bending (this can take 6+ hours). Rotate the trays and continue drying if needed.
  • Using an Oven
  • To use your oven, preheat to 200°F (or the closest low temperature setting). Arrange the strawberry slices in a single layer on top of oven racks or baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Prop the oven door open slightly with a wooden spoon to allow moisture to escape. Like with a dehydrator, drying times can range widely from 6-18 hours. Check them frequently toward the end.
  • The berries are done when no moisture remains and they appear shriveled and snap when bent. If any moisture remains, they will mold quickly.

Step 3: Grind Dehydrated Strawberries into Powder

  • Once the strawberry slices are fully dried, allow them to cool to room temperature. Now you're ready to grind them into a fine powder!
  • A blender or food processor work best for this. Add your dried strawberries and grind continuously for 2-5 minutes until a smooth, even powder forms.
  • Make sure there are no remaining chunks or moisture pockets. Let the powder rest openly for an hour or two if needed to release any final moisture.
  • Finally, transfer your strawberry powder into clean, sealed containers right away. Mason jars or reusable plastic containers with silicone lids work very well.
  • And that's it - you now have delicious homemade strawberry powder to enjoy whenever you like!

Storing Your Strawberry Powder

The proper storage method you choose will determine how long your strawberry powder lasts. The key things to consider are moisture, air exposure, light exposure, and temperature.

The best spot is in sealed containers in a cool, dark kitchen cupboard or pantry. Heat and light degrade both color and nutrients over time.

If properly stored, strawberry powder will keep its flavor and color well for 6-12 months at room temperature. You can place a silica gel desiccant pack in the containers to absorb any trace moisture.

Pay attention for any clumping of the powder or moisture buildup inside the jars, which signals spoilage. As long as it appears smooth and dry, your strawberry powder is still good!

Uses for Strawberry Powder

Now comes the best part: using your homemade strawberry powder for all kinds of yummy foods and drinks!

Powder packs concentrated flavor and sweetness without adding extra liquid or moisture. You'll be amazed by how a small amount punches up any recipe.

Here are some of the most popular ways to enjoy strawberry powder:

Baking Recipes

Stir a bit into:

  • Cakes, cupcakes, muffins
  • Cookies, scones, pie dough
  • Frosting, whipped cream
  • Pancake, crepe, and waffle batters

It nicely boosts the natural strawberry taste in anything you bake without altering textures too much. Start with 1-2 teaspoons per recipe and add more to reach your desired sweetness and flavor strength.


Whisk some strawberry powder into:

It quickly dissolves into both hot and cold liquids for a fun fruity twist. Go for 1-2 teaspoons per 8-12 oz portion.


Mix in a bit of powder when making:

  • Yogurt bowls
  • Chia pudding
  • Overnight oats
  • Parfaits
  • Toppings for waffles or pancakes

Sprinkling this sweet powder over a plain Greek yogurt bowl mimics the tartness of fresh berries. It also livens up chia pudding, oatmeal, cereal, cottage cheese, and more at breakfast time.


Sweeten up snacks by dipping:

  • Graham crackers
  • Pound cake
  • Marshmallows
  • Apple slices
  • Pretzels or potato chips

For homemade fruit roll-ups, try blending the powder with lemon or orange juice then drying it into chewy fruit leathers.

And the list goes on! There are so many ways to eat strawberry powder straight or incorporated into recipes. A touch of this vibrant powder makes anything more fun.

It adds both color and flavor to transform everyday foods and beverages into a more exciting treat. Let your imagination run wild with creative ways to use your homemade strawberry powder.

Key Takeaway: Strawberry powder boosts flavor and color in baking recipes, beverages, breakfast foods, snacks, and more without adding moisture.


How long does strawberry powder last in storage?

Strawberry powder keeps its flavor and color well for 6-12 months if properly stored at room temperature in sealed jars. Adding a silica gel packet helps prevent caking over time.

Does strawberry powder need to be refrigerated or frozen?

Nope, since dehydrating removes nearly all moisture, strawberry powder stays safe at room temp for months. No need to use fridge or freezer space.

Can you use frozen strawberries to make powder?

Yes! Frozen berries work well for making powder too. Simply thaw and dry normally before grinding. The main benefit of fresh is a brighter finished color.

Can you use store-bought dried strawberries?

It's fine to substitute pre-dried strawberries sold in bulk bags. These still need to be fully crispy with no remaining moisture. Finish grinding into powder.

What's the difference between strawberry powder and freeze-dried?

Freeze-dried fruit maintains more structure rather than being truly powdered. It also costs much more! But you still grind it the same way as dehydrated fruit.

Is strawberry powder used like sugar in recipes?

Strawberry powder replaces about half the sugar in most recipes since it contains natural sweetness. For example use 1/2 cup powder + 1/2 cup sugar if the recipe calls for 1 cup sugar.


Thanks for learning all about making and using strawberry powder! Hopefully now you feel totally comfortable with the simple process of converting fresh strawberries into this versatile powder bursting with sweet tangy flavor.

Drying and grinding strawberries may seem like an unconventional kitchen project at first. But once you discover how handy DIY fruit powders are for livening up all kinds of recipes, you’ll be hooked!

Sarah Cortez
Sarah Cortez

My name is Sarah and I'm a baker who loves trying out new recipes and flavor combinations. I decided to challenge myself to use a new spice or ingredient powder in my baking each week for a year. Some successes were the cardamom sugar cookies, vivid turmeric cake, and beetroot chocolate cupcakes. Failures included the bitter neem brownies and overwhelmingly hot ghost pepper snickerdoodles. Through this experience I've discovered amazing additions to spice up desserts while learning how to balance strong flavors. Follow my journey as I push the boundaries of baking with unique powders!

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