Are you ready to learn about dehydrating pears? You're at the right place!
Enjoy Roquefort Pear Salad!
Recipe by Michelle Krzmarzick: "This is the best salad I've ever eaten and I make it all the time. It is tangy from the blue cheese, fruity from the pears, and crunchy from the caramelized pecans. The mustard vinaigrette pulls it all together."
Start dehydrating pears when they are in season so you and your family can enjoy them all year long!
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!
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.
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!
If using frozen pears, ignore steps 1 and 2.
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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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.
Pears grow best in areas with cool winters and warm summers. They need full sun and well-drained soil.
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.
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.
Pears are ready to harvest when they are soft to the touch and the skin is slightly yellow.