Dehydrating Pears

A Pair of Pears

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Start dehydrating pears when they are in season so you and your family can enjoy them all year long!

Pear Nutrition Info.

Pears contain vitamin A, and vitamin K, followed by vitamin C, Folate, and Choline.

In the mineral category, pears rank high in Potassium, followed by Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, and Fluoride.

Pears also contain Omega-6 fatty acids, and are a great source of carbohydrates and have a good amount of dietary fiber, too!

Pears are Great for Snacks, Breads... and Fruit Rolls

Dehydrated pears are also tasty as snacks, cookies, fritters, breads, and granola. Also great in: fruit rolls! Juicy pears are also 'stars' in my morning smoothies.

Try this:
Wash one whole pear, cut off its top and slice to remove the center core; add a banana, and 1 cup of Silk-brand Light Vanilla Soy milk. Put all in the blender—blend until smooth—and enjoy!

Dehydrating Pears the Easy Way!

If using frozen pears, ignore steps 1 and 2.

  1. Wash fresh pears, peel if desired, remove the core, and either slice into halves, or quarters, or cut into 3/8" slices
  2. Fresh pears need to be pre-treated, so place the pears in a bowl and spray liberally with lemon juice TIP: Use a pump-top from a new unused spray bottle, pick one that fits your lemon juice bottle, look for one that has a long enough plastic tube that will reach to the bottom of your lemon juice bottle.
  3. If you decided to simply cut your pears into halves or quarters, place them on your food dehydrator trays with the cut-side up to prevent drips on the lower trays!
  4. Turn on your dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
  • Drying time for dehydrated pears: between 6-16 hours and they will feel pliable when dried.
  • Remember to rotate your food dehydrator trays, for even drying.

Pear Ripeness Testing Tip!

Ripe Pears

TIP: It's always best for dehydrating pears or other fruits at peak ripeness. The usual way to test for ripeness is simply pressing on the fruit's skin—if you leave a slight indentation with your thumb, then the fruit is ripe.

Don't go puncturing the skin. If you do, it'll go brown and you may attract those pesky fruit flies and we don't want that to happen! To hasten the ripening process, put your fruit inside a brown paper bag, like one of those used for lunch bags.

If your grocery store still uses those small brown paper bags at the checkout counter, save those ... we do! To speed up the process, leave a piece of fully ripened fruit in the brown paper bag, and the gas that it emits will help ripen the newly added fruit!

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Different Types of Pears

There are many different types of pears, but the two most common varieties are the Bartlett and the Bosc. Bartlett pears are also known as Williams' pears. They are round with a green skin that turns yellow when ripe. Bosc pears are long and brown with a crispy texture.

Best Areas to Grow Pears

Pears grow best in areas with cool winters and warm summers. They need full sun and well-drained soil.

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How to Grow Pears

Pears can be grown from seed, but it is more common to grow them from cuttings. The cuttings should be taken from a healthy pear tree that is at least two years old. They should be placed in moist soil and kept in a sunny location.

Do You Need to Fertilize Pears?

Pears do not need to be fertilized if they are grown in nutrient-rich soil. However, if the soil is poor, you can fertilize the pear tree with a balanced fertilizer in the spring.

When to Harvest Pears

Pears are ready to harvest when they are soft to the touch and the skin is slightly yellow.

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