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Dehydrating 101: Ripe Pears

The pears I liberated were ripe this week, turning a lovely shade of yellow from the hard green of when picked –

Pressed for time (they went from unripe to ripe in a day) and running low on Mason jars (I had wanted to make pear jam) I decided to dehydrate them for use in the coming year –

Pears are very easy, although messier than say apples, to dry. As soon as they ripen (the color of ripeness does depend on the variety), wash the pears, then peel a few at a time.

Fill a large mixing bowl with the juice of one lemon (strained of seeds) and 6 to 8 cups of water.

Quarter the pears, pare out the core, then slice up. As you work add the slices to the lemon water till you are done.

Line your dehydrator trays with mesh inserts if you have them. Either drain the pears or scoop with fingers and let drain before placing on the trays. Make sure none of the pieces are touching or on top each other.

Dry at 135° till they break – they will still be soft though, not brittle. How many hours? It depends on thickness, pear variety and humidity. Mine took all day.

Store in tightly sealed containers, preferably glass (Mine are temporarily in a bag till I get more jars!). In the first week or so, shake the container daily so the fruit doesn’t stick together, this spreads any remaining moisture around.


5 thoughts on “Dehydrating 101: Ripe Pears

  1. I dehydrate pears every year. I recommend not peeling them as most of the flavor is in the skin. I usually dry them for 24 hours until they thoroughly dry then store them in freezer zip lock bags. I never soak them but simply slice them and put them in the dehydrator.

  2. I love dehydrated pears – but I don’t peel them either. I tend to cut pears a little thicker than I normally cut my apple slices and they end up the same thickness in the end as the pears have more juice than apples do.

  3. I should add that I peeled mine as they had the typical thick peels that come with feral pear trees. They were not pretty pears – but very tasty!

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