The pros: Opening the bag 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.
The cons: Not a texture everyone will appreciate.
The verdict: 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. If you’ve ever been to a science museum, this will remind you of astronaut food that is sometimes sold in the gift shop. If you’ve never had astronaut food, they frequently sell freeze dried iced cream. I has no moisture and it’s not cold. It’s got the exact same texture as this. Food that has been completely dehydrated and takes on a texture that would never be found in actual strawberries. 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.
The package in the nuts and dried fruit aisle:
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Would I buy this again? Yes. It 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.
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