Welcome to week two of my Preserving Pears series. If you missed last week’s Pear Butter recipe, make sure you go check it out! It’s easy and delicious!
With 30lbs of pears to process, I knew I wanted to do more then one thing with them. One of the easiest things in the world is to dehydrate fresh produce. You peel, chop, lay it on the dehydrator trays, turn it on and walk away. The only catch is this, I live in Florida. And I’ve been told it’s difficult to dehydrate things here. I’ve successfully dehydrated banana chips though, so I decided to give dried pears a go. And boy am I glad I did. They turned out perfectly! I must be far enough north in Florida to be able to dehydrate, yay me!
So are you ready for truly the easiest way in the world to preserve your pear harvest?? Here you go my pear loving friends!
Homemade Dried Pears
- (optional) If you want to avoid discoloration, you may like to prepare a bowl with a water bath : 1 gallon of water + 2 Tb Vinegar + 2 Tb Salt. Set aside.
- Peel, core, and quarter pears (if the pears are on the larger side, cut them into 1/8’s). Place prepared pears in the water bath. Let the pears sit in there while you prep the rest of your pears.
- Drain pears, and space evenly on the dehydrator trays.
- Turn on dehydrator to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dehydrate for 12-24 hours.
- Store dried pears in an airtight container.
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