I love Fall. I love the colors, the crisp air . . . and getting tons of pears and apples for really cheap!!! Have you ever tried home dried pears or apples? To me, they are like candy! I think I could eat them all day. So . . . . lets get started with the candy-making. Here's my quick and easy method for dehydrating pears.
I used a dehydrator, a really cool pear/apple corer, a food slicer, and lemon juice. That's it. (You can do this without the corer, dehydrator and slicer. They just make life a lot easier!) Here we go!
- Prepare a large bowl with one cup of lemon juice for every one quart of water. (I put mine in my salad spinner--using the spinner part like a strainer and the bowl part to hold the juice. That way, I could easily lift all of the pears out of the bowl at once.) Wash and core a few pairs at a time.
- Place your slicer over the bowl and slice the pears directly into the lemon juice. (I use the slicer on the thickest possible setting.) Once the bowl is filled (it will probably only take about four pears), let the slices soak in the water for ten minutes.
- Remove the slices and place them on the dehydrator trays. Repeat with more pears until your trays are full. Follow the directions on your dehydrator to determine the drying time and temperature.
- Repeat with more pears until you have so many that you think they will last all year (but that will only last a few weeks once your kids get their hands on them!).
If you kept your hands clean, you can even save the lemon water and use it to make a refreshing pear lemonade. (You will want to strain out the tiny pear bits.) Just add sugar and water to taste.
*This is the first year that I have used the slicer. I normally hand slice the pears vertically--making slightly pie-shaped wedges. Since the slices are uneven, they dehydrate with a chewier center. I miss that, but not enough to take the extra time. I absolutely loved this speed method!
To make them last longer, store the finished dehydrated pears in the fridge. (Mine never last very long!)
*Want to learn to make Pear Fruit Roll Ups? This post used to contain directions for making them, but the recipe and directions have been moved to a separate post. (I have left the images so that people who pinned them on pinterest can still find this post and be directed to the new one, here.)
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Let me just say again, you do not need any special tools to dehydrate pears. I'll admit, the dehydrator is pretty helpful, but you can dehydrate in the oven. The dehydrator is super easy, though!!! I love it. This was the first year I used the slicer and the corer. That corer is my new favorite toy! It made things so easy. I use a peeler/corer/slicer when I make apple slices, but it doesn't work well for pears. It also doesn't make the slices as thick as I like.
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