Dehydrated pears are perfect for snacks and baking. Stock your pantry with this easy dehydrated pears method for a nutritious sweet treat or a tasty ingredient.
How to make dehydrated pears
Pear slices are easy to make in a dehydrator or oven. Choose to core and slice the pears in smaller pieces or simply slice the whole pear – stems, seeds and all! The thinner the slice, the crispier the dehydrated pear will be.
As with all fruit, try to use organic to avoid harsh chemicals. Pears can be dipped in lemon water to stop them browning. Or simply slice and dehydrate without this step to have a variety of colour in your dried pears, as I do. I love the look of the stems, seeds and colours ranging from yellow, green and brown.
You’ll find endless uses for dehydrated pears. Add them to baking like muffins, cakes and pies. Chop the pears and add to granola or oats. Blend in smoothies or add to ice cream. Mix with nuts and seeds for a trail mix or simply pack for a snack on the run. Dehydrated pears are a great treat for your dogs too!
Dehydrated Pears (dehydrator and oven method)
- Pears any variety
- Lemon Water optional
- Wash and slice pears.Pears
- Optional: soak pears in water with a generous squeeze of lemon juice to prevent browning. Pat dry after removing from lemon water.Lemon Water
- Dehydrator method: spread pear slices on dehydrator trays and dry at 55°C until slices until leathery. Allow pears to cool and place in airtight containers. If storing in the pantry, rotate the jars once or twice a day to ensure pears are completely dry and not sticking together. In need, pop the pears back in the dehydrator for a few more hours if moisture is detected.
- Oven method: spread pear slices on an oven-safe cooling rack. Dry at 55°C until slices until leathery. If your oven temperature does not go as low as 55 – 60°C, prop the oven door ajar during the during time. Allow pears to cool and place in airtight containers. If storing in the pantry, rotate the jars once or twice a day to ensure pears are completely dry and not sticking together. In need, pop the pears back in the oven for a few more hours if moisture is detected.