Monday, November 1, 2010

Dried Pears -- Tasty Treat

My kids and I have a kind of food love affair with dried fruit. We love to snack on dried apples, pineapple, raisins, and apricots. When I tasted some dried pears my sister had packed on her latest road trip -- I knew that a good portion of my half box of pears would make its way onto the dehydrator. I love it when I get good ideas from my sisters. So this is an easy way to use up a surplus of pears. And they are tasty. I am getting ready to make up a second batch now.

Tip: Don't dehydrate them so long that they become completely crisp. Leave them a little chewy but not moist.

This is a really simple process but you need a dehydrator. If you don't have one consider borrowing or going in on one with a friend. I shared the cost of my dehydrator with a good friend.

Pears -- Depends on dehydrator but I would set aside about 10.
Fruit Fresh (this inhibits discoloration and can be found near the canning supplies)
Sugar -- Just a pinch or two.

Peel, slice and decore pears.
Sprinkle with fruit fresh and gently toss.

Place slices on drying racks and sprinkle each with a pinch of sugar.

Dehydrate until desired doneness. Mine usually takes about 4 hours.

Store in an airtight container.


Glenda said...

I have 2 boxes of pears. I think I will go ahead and dehydrate some! I usually just do a bunch of pear slices in a bowl of water with lemon added, then fish them out with a slotted spoon, then put them on the tray to dry. YUM!

K Melanese said...

Your website is absolutely inspiring. I do Oddible Sublime and have been awful lately at keeping up. I can't wait to try some of your yummy desserts.


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