Last week, our neighbours across the street gave us a plastic grocery bag full of pears from a friend’s pear tree. As pears are one of my favourite fruits, I was pleased to receive such a wonderful gift. Still, I knew that there was no way, even by keeping them in the fridge, I would be able to eat them all before they started to go bad.
So over the weekend, while I worked on secret Christmas projects, Dave prepped the pears and got them into the dehydrator.
Note: The following method will also work for dehydrating apples.
Wash the pears. Then peel and slice them into ¼ inch slices.
To keep the pears from turning brown while they are dehydrating, place the pear slices into a bowl of water with about ½ cup lemon juice added. (Vitamin C tablets (<-affiliate link) dissolved in the water will also work as will ascorbic acid powder)
Once you have enough pears to fill one dehydrator tray, scoop the pears out of the lemon water and drain.
Arrange the pear slices on the tray.
Set the temperature on the dehydrator to 115 degree Fahrenheit and set the timer for 12 hours.
Place the tray into the dehydrator. (<-affiliate link)
Continue peeling and slicing, dipping and draining until all the pears are done.
After 12 hours, cut into one of the pear slices. It should be leathery but there should be no moisture in the center of the cut slice. If there is any moisture, return to the dehydrator.
The reference book we use called Making and Using Dried Foods by Phyllis Hobson gives a timing of 12 to 18 hours. Ours took about 20 hours to dry.
Place the dehydrated pears into a zip bag.
Over the next couple of days, check the bag occasionally. If any condensation forms inside the bag, they weren’t dried long enough. Return the pear slices to the dehydrator to complete the drying process.
Dehydrated pears and apples make great healthy snacks and can also be rehydrated for use in recipes.
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