Dehydrated pears

Taking the dried pears off the trays...

We have been blessed with fresh pears from my cousin! We had been eating them as they ripened, a few each day, but suddenly the rest of the box was ripe all at once. So, I dried them.

I dehydrate pears the same way I do bananas: peel (and core), slice, and dry! I lay the slices in a single layer on the dehydrator tray and use the highest heat setting (145 degrees).

I like dried pears, but dried bananas remain my favorite dried fruit. (And bananas have the advantage of being the easiest fruit to do!) :)

Yehoshua (4) and Eliyahu (2) helped me take the pears off the trays when they were done. They had fun doing that and were actually very fast! :) The dried pears will be a nice snack this winter to supplement fruit from the grocery store. :)


What type of dehydrator do you have? We have the Gardenmaster but can't keep up with the demand. I'm looking for something that offers more square footage of drying space. I love your rectangular trays!

This is the dehydrator we have. We bought ours second-hand though. My parents have two of them that were purchased second-hand as well, and they've been using them for many many years. :)

The Excalibur site says that their 9-tray dehydrator (like what we have) is about 15 sq. ft. of drying surface. I fill mine FULL (thickly-sliced bananas is how we like them!) and I can get more than 1 bunch of bananas per tray...

To be fair -- I haven't used any other dehydrators, so I can't offer any comparison... :)

Thank you, Tammy!! We are not doing as much dehydrating as in the past but under normal conditions we dry pretty much everything. Pears, apples, cranberries, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, potatoes, celery, onions, ripe bell peppers,carrots, brocolli, squash, and herbs are all things we dry when we can get them. When it comes to camping we also use the dehydrator to make "freeze dried" type meals. This includes rice, pasta, potatoes, and soup mixes as well as fruit leathers and tomato leathers. We will definitely keep the Excalibur in mind when we finally do purchase that second dehydrator. In four years my husband will be retiring from the military and we will be moving to a farm we own in NY. It has numerous apple trees (over 100) so we will be drying apples as well as any other fruit grown locally.

Once again thanks for the info!!!

Hello there Peggy,
I just read a comment that you ahd made on a website that was about drying pears and bananas and what kind of dehydrator this lady had. You mentioned in your email response that you were moving to New York and that you had a farm. I live in Canada and visit the states ( new york) at least once a week and I LOVE apples and dehydrating and making them into sauce. I was curious 1st did you move to your farm, second do you have organic apples and 3rd, do you sell them and if so where are you? I cross over at the Lewiston Bridge. Thanks, Kim Bakker

Fantastic Idea! I've not thought to do pears! How do you store them (or do you eat them right up?)!?!

We store dried pears double-bagged in a Ziplock. We'll eat them within 6 months most likely... (I didn't dry too many.) Dried bananas, I have kept for much longer (again, in Ziplocks). :)

I've tried using the Food Saver on fried food but the food pokes holes in the bags! :)

I was going to ask the same questions as above...great minds think alike:) I have been wanting to do this and do not know where to start. We were very blessed that the previous owners here started quite a fruit and berry collection. I would love to be able to store them for longer periods of time. Right now I freeze and sometimes can...I am really a beginner in canning. I would love be able to do this so I could send them to work with my husband and he can keep them there without having to refridgerate them or something special to have them keep. Your little ones are always adorable and look like the best little helpers.

My family lived near an orchard in Colorado when I was a kid. We dried every fruit available, but pears were my favorite. We didn't even peel them, just halved and cored (with a teaspoon, I think). Five of us kids all worked on the fruit - after we picked it. My Dad built a HUGE dehydrator in a plywood box the size of a refrigerator, 3 ft square trays made from window screen and a room heater. It worked great for years until it caught fire (go figure)! We did cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, and apples. Now I only get good dried fruit from my sister-in-law who lives by the same orchard. Good food for kids! Thanks for the memories...

Tammy< I live in Texas and have two pear tree's. In the past I have canned but am thinking about getting a dehydrator. Do you know how long it would take to dry a batch, I'm thinking maybe 24 hrs? Thanks so much.

I use to live in Utah (very Dry) and thing dehydrated in a day there, then I moved to East Texas, very humid, and things seem to take twice as long to dry here, once it took me 3 days to dry apricots, so just remember, the more humid your area is the longer it is going to take to dehydrate the fruit, and something that might seem obvious but feel the need to point out also, don't use a humidifier near a dehydrator, it is rather counter productive

I am just starting out learning to dehydrate fruits. I have a 12 rack cabelas dehydrator, and have done some jerky quite a few times, and am just starting to do some fruit. I have got my hands on some fresh pears, and apples, and am going to attempt to dehydrate them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I plan on canning alot of the pears, I got 2 trees full of bartlet pears and need to do something with them here real soon. found some great info, so will be eager to see how they turn out!!

Enjoy!! Dehydrated pears are delicious! We just peel, core, and slice. Then lay the slices on the tray and run the dehydrator until they're dry. I love the still-hot, freshly-dried ones! YUMMY!! :)

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