I remember going to the Hall of Science as a kid. And most childhood museum trips, the highlight was hitting the gift shop for some reason. The Hall of Science is no exception. They sold something that had all of our imagination going: Astronaut Food. Which reminds me a whole lot of Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries.
Freeze-dried just didn't seem as cool, even though that is exactly what they were selling us: a way overinflated price that museums seem to be able to charge.
For the most part, a lot of us ponied up for some Astronaut Ice Cream. It looked like ice cream. But had the texture of styrofoam. It was cool and bizarre in the same way.
Fast forward to adulthood, now I buy freeze-dried fruit regularly.
For $3.29, you'll love this or hate this. They have taken 12 ounces of fresh strawberries and turned it into 1.2 ounces. More importantly, you need to know what you can do with this. If you like freeze-dried fruit in your cereal, this can definitely be added in.
In rice crispy treats, chopped up they are tasty as well. Added to a muffin mix (again chopped up) these would add a fruity kick although the moisture levels might need to be adjusted a bit.
But whether you are snacking on this out of the bag it has no moisture. It's got the exact same texture as this.
But it is concentrated and delicious. Perfect to add to your overnight oats or blend to add some intense strawberry flavor. Perhaps blend this up to make a naturally flavored and colored Strawberry icing. Yes, this is as natural flavoring as you can possibly get without adding any extra water to a recipe.
Interestingly enough one bag is one serving. Under normal circumstances, one would probably never sit and eat 12 ounces of fresh strawberries. Removing the moisture makes this a tenth of that. Would I eat the whole bag? No. Do I pop a few when I'm craving something crunchy? Yes.
For recipe inspiration with this check out my Strawberry Scone recipe here. But they can be rehydrated for many recipes using just ¼ cup of liquid or they can be blended into a powder which will provide natural color and flavor. A win, win in my book.
Would I buy this again? Yes. Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries doesn't make the weekly list, but it's on the pantry list. When I run out, I pick up another bag. It's less calories than potato chips, but you'll also have to be willing to not have the salty snack. A good choice if you can adjust to the texture.
You can pick this item up at Trader Joe's or through third party sellers on Amazon.
The package in the nuts and dried fruit aisle:
Calories and ingredient
How to Trader Joe's describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
As seen in my Strawberry Scone recipe:
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Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries
Product Name: Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries
Product Description: Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries are just simply freeze dried strawberries. The flavor is more concentrated because the moisture has been removed.
Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries are strawberries minus the moisture.
- Opening the bag of Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries you'll get the smell of strawberries.
- If you aren't used to the texture of freeze dried fruit, it tastes like astronaut food.
- It's crispy and devoid of any hydration.
- Eaten alone there is a nice strawberry taste with a nice acidity.
- As long as there is no moisture in the bag, these have a very long shelf life.
- Not a texture everyone will appreciate.