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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dehydrating pears for a Healthy Snack

      I like fresh pears but they are something I only like to eat once in awhile.  We have pear trees and always harvest more than we can eat.  One way to preserve them is by dehydrating them.

Dehydrating pears, Pears as a healthy snack, drying fruit, preserving the harvest,


     Pears are super simple to dehydrate.  First wash the pear really good in cold water.  If there is a lot of dirt or stuff on them, gently use a scrubber on the skin but be sure not to damage the skin or fruit.  You can peel the fruit or leave them unpeeled.  The peel adds extra fiber but with an autistic son, sometimes that extra texture is unappealing to him so I generally go ahead and peel the fruit.  

       You can slice the pear as I did in the picture below or cut the pear in quarters.  Either way works well.  Lay the fruit out on your dehydrator trays.

Dehydrating pears, Pears as a healthy snack, drying fruit, preserving the harvest,


       Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate the pears for about 8-10 hours.  I just put them on right before I go to bed and they are done by the time I get up the next morning.  When done, they should be stiff but still pliable.   They should NOT be sticky.  

Dehydrating pears, Pears as a healthy snack, drying fruit, preserving the harvest,

        Store in a sealed canning or glass  jar.  They should be good this way for a year.  

       We love to snack on these.  They are nice and sweet and taste almost like candy.  My boys love to eat them this way and I don't have to feel bad about them eating some each day.  We also like to throw a few slices into their cereal or oatmeal.  

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