Do you love pears as much as I do? This is an easy healthy snack for everyone. Today it’s all about how to dehydrate pears. These are made without chemicals or preservatives. They are yummy eaten right out of the jar. You can take them camping, hiking or throw them in lunch boxes. You can throw them onto salads or put on sandwiches to give it a little more crunch and a tangy yet sweet flavor.
I love using my dehydrator to make healthy snacks for my family! Dehydrated pears are so yummy!
Pears-One Healthy Snack
I had a salad at a conference I recently attended and they served a spinach salad with dehydrated pear slices….yep I knew right then I wanted to make some!
Here is the mandolin slicer I use that helps slice stuff more evenly, and then, of course, the sliced product dehydrates more evenly…..love it! You can use my lemon water solution of one cup water to one cup lemon juice to keep them from browning while drying. Remember, you do not have to use a solution…you can dry them plain. They still taste awesome!
Here they are after dehydrating for about 3 hours. They are so delicious and healthy! The typical pear season runs from August through October. You can choose from so many varieties of pears. They ripen from the inside out so carefully feel the “neck” which is close to the stem to see if it is ripe or not.
This is how I store my dehydrated ones:
Health Benefits Of Pears:
1. Great fiber, especially with the skins on.
2. Good source of vitamin B2, C and E, copper, and potassium.
3. They are crunchy and packed full of antioxidants.
4. Because of the fiber in pears, they are great for lowering the bad cholesterol. They help prevent strokes. I think we better eat a pear every day.
5. They are typically the least allergic fruit if you are prone to allergies.
6. Help prevent colon cancer because of the vast amount of fiber.
I think we should all store some pears in our food storage, whether we dehydrate them, buy them canned, can them ourselves or purchase freeze-dried pears. Let’s do it! I love this brand: Del Monte Pear Halves, 8.5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12) Please watch for case lot sales of fruits coming soon in the Fall.
- 1-6 Pears (Wash, dry and slice with a mandolin slicer if possible)
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Lemon Juice
- Combine the water and lemon juice then dip the sliced pears in the solution. This is optional…you do not need to use the lemon/water…it just keeps the pears from going brown while dehydrating. I set my Excalibur Dehydrator @ 135 degrees. Please check on your personal dehydrator for the time it suggests. Today these pears took about 3 hours. The time will always depend on the humidity in the area you are drying. I stop dehydrating them when they are still a little pliable…not crispy. These are great for snacks or placed on a spinach salad!