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Pear Chips

Pear Chips...dehydrated pears make a perfect, healthy snack!

Fresh pears dehydrated into delicious pear chips!

Pear Chips stacked in a glass jar.

We have two pear trees and we get enough pears to eat from them. My neighbor has two pear trees as well. Her trees are beautiful mature trees that produce more pears than she knows what to do with.

We have been invited to pick as many pears as we want. You wouldn’t believe how many pears I have sitting in my kitchen right now! Fresh pears for making pear chips.

When you pick pears, you don’t wait until they are at the peak of ripeness….unless you are just wanting to pick one to eat right at the moment. Usually you pick pears while they are still slightly green.

You don’t want to pick them too early, but if you wait too long, the pears bruise with every touch and they also start to fall from the trees with any movement.  To test for the perfect pear picking time, you gently grab a pear in your hand and bend it up.

If the stem snaps, they are ready to pick. They aren’t ready to eat yet, but they are ready to be picked.

Fresh pear on a cutting board

I picked 5 huge laundry baskets full of pears. I know what you’re thinking! Laundry Baskets???? Really???? Yep! They are quite handy for picking, carrying and storing.

 They are sturdy, they have air holes which is great while they are ripening and they usually have great handles which makes it easy for carrying.

 My kids are complaining because I took all the laundry baskets, but hey, they’ll get them back in a week or so!

Slicing pears for pear chips.

Why so many pears? We eat pears, can pears, and dehydrate pears into pear chips and I just have a hard time not getting as many as possible!  Although, I left a lot behind.  Even with all that I picked, my neighbors trees are still loaded.

I am waiting for the pears to ripen for canning. In the meanwhile, I am using several while they are still green. The green ones are just perfect for turning into Pear Chips! In fact, they are easier to use while slightly green than waiting for them to ripen.

They are so easy to cut when they aren’t ripe. I just slice them up with the skins still on and plop them onto the dehydrating trays. Right now my dehydrator is going 24/7.   I can hardly keep up with the way the kids eat these things! They love ’em!!!

Fresh pears sliced up ready to be dried into pear chips.

There are a lot of ways to make these dried pears, but I love them best with nothing but pear….no lemon juice, no spices……just plain pear! Of course, you could always add a sprinkling of cinnamon if you really wanted.

Pear Chips

5 from 2 votes
Pear Chips...dehydrated pears make a perfect, healthy snack!
Pear Chips
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 hrs
Total Time
10 hrs 10 mins
 

Homemade pear chips

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dehydrated pears, dried pears, pear chips, pear recipes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 6 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 10 whole Pears still slightly green.
Instructions
  1. Slice pears with skins still on, discard core.
  2. Place on dehydrator trays so the slices are not overlapping.
  3. Dry for 8- 12 hours, depending on your dehydrator.
  4. Store in a food safe container.
Recipe Notes

Any amount of pears works. You are only limited to the amount of drying space you have on your dehydrator.
It is best to use pears while they are still slightly green.
Drying times vary, depending on your dehydrator, amount of pears drying, thickness of slices and ripeness of pears.

Nutrition Facts
Pear Chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 21, 2019 at 6:46 am


    All our visitors really like pear chips.

  • Reply
    Molly
    August 23, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Do these come out crisp or so bendy?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 23, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      Hi Molly,
      The longer you dry them the crispier they will become.

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    September 27, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Love these! Need to make them for our camping trip next week!

  • Reply
    Kaleigh @ Lively Table
    September 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    I cant wait to try these! I love pears but have never thought to make chips out of them! Yum!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 27, 2016 at 4:48 am

      They make a great, healthy snack!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    September 24, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Isn’t growing your own fruit wonderful, Kathy – I have a mature lemon tree that gives me lots of lemons. I planted a tiny plum tree last year and it gave me 6 plums this year – hoping for a much bigger harvest in the years to come. This year I planted a gauva pineapple tree and a lime tree – fingers crossed they both do well!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 25, 2016 at 5:44 am

      Yes! I do love growing our own! I love that you have such a great variety. Good luck on the guava pineapple and lime! Those wouldn’t survive our winters here.

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    Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
    September 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Your pears look beautiful! I wish I had a pear tree in my garden – dehydrating and eating them as a healthy snack is such a great idea!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 25, 2016 at 5:41 am

      Thanks, Miriam! The pears take some time to dry, but otherwise aren’t a lot of work! Definitely worth making.

  • Reply
    Adina
    September 23, 2016 at 3:01 am

    So many pears, I wish I could pick some myself. I actually prefer to eat them slightly green, I don’t like them soft… The chips look amazing, I’ve never had any.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:37 am

      There are a lot of pears! Once they turn soft and yellow they don’t last long at all!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 23, 2016 at 1:45 am

    Such a healthy and delicious snack. These pear chips look fantastic, Kathy. Sadly I don’t have a dehydrator. Can I bake them?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:35 am

      I haven’t tried baking them. If you try, bake them on the lowest setting the oven goes.

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    September 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I am always so jealous of all your home grown fresh produce! Chris is always saying we should use our dehydrator more. Maybe if he would plant me a pear tree we could make these beautiful pear chips! I can’t believe you have so many they fill clothes baskets!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:32 am

      I just couldn’t stop picking them! I left just as many on the trees too! It’s a great year for pears.

  • Reply
    Phyllis Ponack
    September 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Kathy
    I wish I would of seen this before my pears got to ripe course went to the kids and so did 3 boxes LOL But I am going to try your pear chips next year. One ? though when you can your pears do they stay nice and white or do they turn a little tan or sometimes pink like mine do???? Tried everything I can think of to make them stay white sooo maybe you can give me some advice 🙂 Happy canning its work but they sure do taste good in the winter.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Hi Phyllis!
      I don’t do anything to my pears and they do brown a bit. You could try dipping your slices in a lemon bath (equal parts lemon juice and water). I don’t peel mine and the peel always browns.
      It was great seeing you this summer at the tea party! 🙂

      • Reply
        Phyllis
        September 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm

        Hi Kathy
        I always peel mine but maybe will try not next year they would be better for you anyway huh. Would really give my grandsons to wonder what g-ma was doing now LOL. Was so nice seeing you too. I love doing these tea’s.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I don’t have a dehydrator Kathy, but these pears are looking so easy and delicious I may have to invest in one!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:28 am

      Dehydrators take up a lot of space when not being used, but they sure are handy when we need to dry fruit or make jerky.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    September 22, 2016 at 7:15 am


    Five huge laundry baskets filled with pears? I love the visual and your chips!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:27 am

      It’s a lot of pears! It could be worse….it could be full of laundry! Not nearly as fun as baskets full of pears 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    September 22, 2016 at 5:46 am

    We love pears but don’t have any pear trees, not any neighbour with pear trees. I love your pear chips! Perfect to snack on!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Darn! You need to go find some new friends….ones who have plenty of pear trees 🙂

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    September 22, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Oh wow! That’s so awesome! We have a pear tree, but it is only small and doesn’t really produce fruit it. Well, we have one itsy bitsy pear on there. Maybe one day! Would never have thought to make chips out of the pears, but such a great idea. I love pears with honey and blue cheese on a cheese platter too 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:25 am

      One pear is a start….but not quite enough to do much more than eat! Every year you should get more and more pears!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 22, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I can’t even begin to describe how jealous I am at your pear stash! I would love to have some mature pear trees in my backyard. We do have a couple of apple trees, but the apples look a bit, well, misshapen. Either way, pear chips sound amazing! And how nice of your neighbor to share! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:25 am

      The pear chips are amazing! The only problem with so many pears is I have to do something with them quick! They don’t last long…

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    September 21, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Can I live next door and take part in this pear bounty? My parents tree produced a single lonely pear and thats it.

    But enough about that – these pear chips sound so healthy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Come on over! I’ve got plenty of pears to share!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    September 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Well it’s a good thing I’m not your neighbor because I would be stealing all your pears, Kathy! 😉 These pear chips are SUCH a great way to use up all your fresh pears! I don’t have a dehydrator or I’d be doing this immediately! This is the perfect snack!! Cheers!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I’d be sharing all these pears willingly! Plus there’s still a ton left on the tree!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    September 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

    what a great idea to make pear chips! healthy snacking!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      I can’t complain if this is what my kids are grabbing for a snack.

  • Reply
    Kathy Bungard
    September 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

    How timely is this? My two pear trees even after culling this spring have so many pears ready for picking they have broken some branches! I never thought to try to dehydrate these green, but thanks to you, today I’m filling my dehydrator up! 🙂 Thanks so much for posting this.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Hooray for a huge pear crop! So glad you are dehydrating them! They make such a great snack!

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