Dried pears are a healthy way to eat fruit year-round, whether you grow your own pears, buy them at the farmer’s market, or even purchase them at the supermarket. You may want to dehydrate them for future use. Doing so allows you to enjoy the taste of pears all year long.
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How to dry pears:
1. Peel and core the pears.
2. Slice them into pieces that are approximately 1/4 inch thick and 1-2 inches long. If you like your dried pears soft and chewy, slice them slightly thicker. If you prefer crunchy pears, thinner slices should be cut.
3. If you are using a food dehydrator, arrange the sliced pears on the tray(s). There should only be one layer of fruit per tray. Turn the heat to the highest setting possible. The pears should be dry in about eight hours, though it largely depends on how thick your slices are. Check on them every few hours.
4. If you are using an oven, arrange the sliced pears on a cookie sheet or other baking tray. They should not be stacked on top of each other, but rather spread evenly in one layer. The heat should be as low as possible, preferably between 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Prop the oven door open to maintain air circulation. Check every few hours until you are satisfied with the dryness.
5. Once the pears are dry, store them either in airtight containers or in resealable plastic bags. They will last six months to one year.