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Places to buy dried strawberries?

The Broken Jester Jan 11, 2008 11:30 AM

Hey all,
I've been trying to find somewhere in Toronto that sells (preferably bulk supplies of) dried or freeze-dried or dehydrated strawberries. I've already tried Costco, and Bulk Barn says they've discontinued their sales. Any suggestions?

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    sam_1 RE: The Broken Jester Jan 11, 2008 12:11 PM

    Might be able to find them at St Lawrence Market - there are a couple of dry goods places downstairs. I know at least one of them (northwest corner) has a good variety of dried fruits. I haven't seen strawberries specifically (although I was never looking!)
    Good luck

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      redearth RE: sam_1 Jan 11, 2008 02:14 PM

      I've found them at the dry goods place right in the back, downstairs at St. Lawrence Market...

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        halugii RE: sam_1 Jan 12, 2008 04:08 AM

        I find the best ones at the place downstairs at St Lawrence Market.. they have the least added sugar in them and are the most dry.

        I've also found them at the health food stores and sidewalk dried bean stores at Kensington, but they are more sticky and wet and are much sweeter..

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        superizzy RE: The Broken Jester Jan 11, 2008 12:20 PM

        I think that Johnvince foods up around Dufferin and Shepherd carries them


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          deelicious RE: superizzy Jan 11, 2008 07:28 PM

          Personally I would avoid JV, dehydrated items are soggy in that place. I saw them in December at Bulk Barn at Leslie/Lakeshore. You may wish to call them.

        2. chloe103 RE: The Broken Jester Jan 11, 2008 01:24 PM

          Qi usually sells them in bulk - at least the one on Roncesvalles does. Not sure about the other locations.

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            hungryabbey RE: The Broken Jester Jan 11, 2008 01:36 PM

            Ive seen various dried fruits at whole foods on avenue rd.

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              acd123 RE: hungryabbey Jan 12, 2008 05:36 AM

              Place at NW corner of SLM definitely has them.

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                tarteaucitron RE: hungryabbey Jan 23, 2008 08:32 AM

                Yes they do. But I tried them once and thought they tasted weird, for lack of a better description.

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                hayadooen RE: The Broken Jester Jan 12, 2008 06:26 AM

                Try a place called Almost Perfect - they sell frozen foods of all sorts. Cheers



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                  The Broken Jester RE: The Broken Jester Jan 12, 2008 07:31 AM

                  Thanks, everyone - I'll start making the rounds :)

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                    snoobie RE: The Broken Jester Jan 22, 2008 04:26 PM

                    Try Villa Foods on Marlee.... They have a huge selection of dried fruits. That is where we go when we are looking for bulk foods...

                  2. jayt90 RE: The Broken Jester Jan 22, 2008 05:28 PM

                    Bulk Barn on Liverpool Road., Pickering has them.

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                      Juniper RE: jayt90 Feb 10, 2008 04:44 PM

                      They also have them at the Bulk Barn at the Scarborough Town Centre, but I found them to be rather stale (rock solid -- ick). The ones at the Liverpool Road location are much fresher, so if you're in the east end, that's the one to go to.

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                      chloe RE: The Broken Jester Jan 23, 2008 09:17 AM

                      Try H-Mart at Major Mackenzie and Yonge St. It's a Korean store and they have an entire section of bulk dehydrated fruits. Strawberries were there for sure!

                      1. velouria RE: The Broken Jester Jan 23, 2008 07:39 PM

                        I just saw some at Bulk Barn a few weeks ago - specifically, the location that's attached to a Loblaws on Eastern Road (I think that's the street). The one that is just east of Queen/Broadview. I had never seen such a thing so I took a photo of it!

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                          carlson RE: The Broken Jester Feb 10, 2008 10:05 AM

                          organics on bloor have organic ones. i know they have them in small packages, but you can probably get larger sizes there.

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                            JennyBenny RE: The Broken Jester Feb 11, 2008 06:33 AM

                            Definitely St. Lawrence market - the bulk food place on the lower level. A friend goes there specifically for the dried strawberries.

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                              mia_wallace RE: JennyBenny Feb 11, 2008 11:53 AM

                              As Haluggi said, they do have them in Kensington Market in this tiny store with dried beans etc outside on the north side of Baldwin Street, just east of Kensington Ave. It's a tiny little store and they have a selection of dried fruits, ranging from pears to strawberries. They were good, but I haven't tried the St. Lawrence variety to compare.

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                              Toronto Fastfoodie RE: The Broken Jester Jan 17, 2011 05:36 PM

                              I am revitalizing this strand as I got addicted to adding freeze-dried strawberries to my crunchy snack mix while in Fla. I like when they are completely dry and crunchy vs. chewy. Anyone see them anywhere lately?


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                                cheesymama RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Jan 17, 2011 05:42 PM

                                I buy them at the Bulk Barn.

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                                  Toronto Fastfoodie RE: cheesymama Jan 18, 2011 03:50 AM

                                  Which one? I do really want to find them but am not wiling to travel the lengths of the city to find them. I am thinking anywhere from bloor to steeles to dufferin to leslie.

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                                    trane RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Jan 18, 2011 05:12 AM

                                    I used to get them at the BB at Dufferin and Steeles. I imagine they still have it.

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                                      cheesymama RE: Toronto Fastfoodie Jan 18, 2011 06:55 AM

                                      I have recently bought them at both the Lakeshore/Leslie and the Eglinton/Vic Park locations.

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                                  knusprig RE: The Broken Jester Jan 18, 2011 08:28 AM

                                  Tavaso (Tavazo) - in Thornhill (Yonge/Clark) and Richmond Hill also carry them. Please phone ahead to confirm.


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                                    albanis RE: knusprig Jan 18, 2011 10:18 AM

                                    You can also get them at the Nuthouse on Bloor Street (near Lansdowne), they are organic, I just got some and they're really tasty.

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                                      Charles Yu RE: knusprig Apr 6, 2014 02:21 PM

                                      +1 for Tavazo
                                      Quick turn around hence products pretty fresh. Organic as well!! I get my bulk Gogi berries, organic apricots and prunes plus nuts from there!

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                                      0ntar10 RE: The Broken Jester Feb 11, 2011 12:14 PM

                                      After MUCH searching, I have discovered a potentially excellent source for a wide variety of freeze-dried fruits/veggies, and the products are offered in 2 sizes.

                                      From my research, the place to find these types of products are companies geared towards people preparing for emergencies, so don't be alarmed by the website link I've included below. This is one of the few such sites in Canada, and the only one I know of in Ontario, so shipping will be reasonable; there are lots of websites like this in the States.

                                      I've just placed an order myself for all of their berry varieties as well as broccoli and green beans, and I should be receiving them in 5-7 business days. In case you were wondering, my search for these products was two-fold: 1) My boyfriend has just started making macarons and wanted to try making fruit-flavoured ones; 2) I have a dog and freeze-dried stuff from the pet store is pretty expensive.

                                      I will post on the taste of these products once I've received them if anyone expresses interest, although I will not be doing comparative taste testing against other brands. The company listed below is located in Clinton, Ontario and the phone operator was very pleasant and helpful.


                                      1. FrancoD RE: The Broken Jester Feb 11, 2011 12:40 PM

                                        I can almost guarantee you will find them in Kensington market.

                                        If not, try the bulk store on the Danforth near Pape. If they don't have it, your next bet is to try a bigger chain like the bulk barn (as everyone above mentioned).

                                        Good luck!

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                                          Benniep RE: The Broken Jester Mar 12, 2011 05:12 PM

                                          I found them at the Nuthouse on Bloor near Lansdowne...its my fav bulk food store in the city. Have never gotten anything bad there, have lots of organic options and prices are way more reasonable then Whole Foods...highly recommend it!

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                                            Lipant RE: The Broken Jester Mar 29, 2014 07:53 AM

                                            re-opening this as I am searching them now too, freeze-dried strawberries vs. dehydrated! Bulk Barn carries the dehydrated (which they told me on the phone was freeze-dried) and they are just like a big raisin, no strawberry taste at all. I love the crunch of the real deal, Amazon sells them and i ordered some, they are great but ridiculously expensive.

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                                              bytepusher RE: Lipant Mar 30, 2014 10:08 AM

                                              You have to actually check bulk barn, sometimes they have freeze dried and sometimes it's dehydrated and the staff really don't know that they are different.

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                                                cubmike74 RE: Lipant Mar 31, 2014 07:43 AM

                                                This may not be super helpful for you, but if you are ever in buffalo I know that Trader Joe's sells them.

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                                                sbug206 RE: The Broken Jester Mar 30, 2014 03:35 PM


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                                                  sbug206 RE: The Broken Jester Apr 6, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                  Found these at MEC. They also had apples and mango.

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                                                    sbug206 RE: The Broken Jester Apr 6, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                    Found these at MEC. They also had apples and mango.

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                                                      red dragon RE: sbug206 Apr 27, 2014 03:19 PM

                                                      Hi sbug206 ~ how much did they cost? What and where is MEC? Do you mean Mountain Equipment Co-op? Do they still charge a fee to shop there?

                                                      tia (thanks in advance)

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                                                        mrsleny RE: red dragon Apr 27, 2014 08:07 PM

                                                        You have to be a member to shop there. Lifetime membership is $5, which hasn't changed since I joined when their store was still on Front St.

                                                        I didn't know they sold freeze dried fruit. Good to know.

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                                                          red dragon RE: mrsleny May 6, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                          Thanks mrsleny!

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                                                          sbug206 RE: red dragon Apr 28, 2014 05:21 AM

                                                          The price is in the photo. Yes it's Mountain Equipment Co-Op. They were in the camping food section.

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                                                            red dragon RE: sbug206 May 6, 2014 02:40 PM

                                                            Thanks sbug206

                                                      2. alienxx45 RE: The Broken Jester Apr 27, 2014 08:43 PM

                                                        Seems like Freezed Dried fruit is the new craze. I have been on a hunt as well as of late. Costco had Kirkland brand freeze dried assorted fruits. A giant box with individual sized bags inside. But it seems like they were recalled earlier in March and havent seen them since.
                                                        Today i picked up a few small bags from Longos for $1.66, havent had a chance to try yet but they had most fruits you would want including strawberries.
                                                        Aside from that have not had much luck in Toronto without paying something ridiculous online.
                                                        Best option is from Trader Joes in the states, $2 for a big bag. Stocked up when i was there last week.

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                                                          red dragon RE: alienxx45 May 6, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                          Hi alienxx45 ~ which Longo's did you find them at, and what section?

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                                                            alienxx45 RE: red dragon May 6, 2014 08:43 PM

                                                            It was at the Leslie/York Mills one in the fruit section.

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                                                              red dragon RE: alienxx45 May 7, 2014 04:35 AM

                                                              Thanks, I got confused and read my recipe again, it calls for ground dried blueberries. I think it's in a powdery form. I'm not sure if perhaps they used freeze dried fruit and ground it up or not?

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