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How to Dehydrate Pears

Are you ready to learn how to dehydrate pears? If so, you're at the right place!

dehydrated pears on a table, with loose pears

Dehydrate pears when they are in season so you and your family can enjoy them all year long in pies and smoothies!

TOP Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. How do you dehydrate pears, and drying pears dehydrator?
A. Both are the top search queries, and I reveal how to dehydrate pears further down this page!

Q. Dehydrate pears in oven?
A. Yes, you can dehydrate pears in the oven, and it is easy to do. Here are the steps:

  1. Preheat oven to the lowest possible setting, ideally around 130°F to 140°F. Arrange your oven racks to accommodate a few trays.
  2. Wash your pears thoroughly. Peel if desired, core, and slice about 1/4" thick uniformly. Patting dry well with towels.
  3. Arrange pear slices in a single layer without overlapping on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  4. Place trays on oven racks, and prop the door open slightly with a wooden spoon handle to allow moisture to escape.
  5. Dehydrate pears for 6-8 hours, flipping slices halfway through.
  6. Test for doneness - slices should be leathery with no moisture pockets.
  7. Turn the oven off and allow your pears to fully cool before handling. Store in airtight containers for up to 1 year at room temperature.

Enjoy dried pears for snacks, and in cereals, salads, porridge, and more! Soak in water or juice to rehydrate before eating, if desired.

The key when oven drying is maintaining a proper low heat consistency. Monitor temperature and pear slices closely to prevent uneven drying or burning.

Q. How to dehydrate pears in a dehydrator? and Drying pears in dehydrator?
A. Yes, the answers to the above are on the page you're now reading and it's easy. Follow our steps in the instructions a little further down the page.

Q. What can you use dehydrated pears for?
A. Enjoy dried pears in a variety of ways:

  • Snacking - Dehydrated pears make for a healthy sweet snack on their own. They are high in fiber and antioxidants. Their portable size makes them ideal for taking on-the-go.
  • Baking - Chop rehydrated pears to mix into quick breads like muffins, scones, and bars. Or use as an alternative to raisins in cookies, granola and bread pudding.
  • Cereals & Porridge - Diced pears lend sweetness and texture mixed into breakfast cereals like oatmeal or chia pudding.
  • Salads - Toss chopped rehydrated pears for a nutrition and crunch boost over fresh greens, chicken, grains, or cheese.
  • Dessert Toppings - Rehydrate pear slices to use in plates of cakes, waffles or ice cream sundaes. The concentrated flavor makes an excellent topping.
  • Blending - Add a few pieces when making smoothies for extra fiber, potassium, vitamin C... and sweetness.

Pear Nutrition Info.

VITAMINS: Vitamin A, and Vitamin K, followed by Vitamin C, Folate, and Choline.

MINERALS: Pears rank high in Potassium, followed by Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, and Fluoride.

Pears also contain Omega-6 fatty acids, are a great source of carbohydrates, and contain 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 in your morning smoothie:

  • 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!

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How to Dehydrate Pears

Let's get busy learning how to dry pears in a food dehydrator!

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, and look for one that has a long enough plastic tube that will reach 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!

A pair of ripe pears

TIP: Dehydrate 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 speed up 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 and use 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! Honest!

Enjoy Roquefort Pear Salad!

Enjoy a luscious Roquefort Pear Salad, from Allrecipes.com - Recipe is by Michelle Krzmarzick and she says, "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!

pear trees collage

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 green skin that turns yellow when ripe.

Bosc pears are long in shape with brown skin and a crispy texture.

Did you spot the Partridge in the pear tree, above? No? (Just kidding!) Made you look...

Best Areas to Grow Pears

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

whole pear, and a half pear

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?

Surprisingly, 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.

Thanks for visiting how to dehydrate pears. I hope you learned a lot about pears, the different kinds, and where and how to grow them. Please feel free to share this info with your pear-loving friends.

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