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Pear Chips

September 21, 2016 (Last Updated: June 3, 2020)

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Fresh pears dehydrated into delicious pear chips! This healthy snack is a perfect way to preserve your pear harvest.

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 growing on a tree.

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 a fresh pear into thick slices.

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.

Dried pears in a jar and on a board.

Additional ways to preserve food

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A glass crock filled with dried pears.

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

Pear Chips

Kathy
Homemade pear chips
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people
Calories 101 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 10 Pears (still slightly green.)

Instructions
 

  • Slice pears with skins still on, discard core.
  • Place on dehydrator trays so the slices are not overlapping.
  • Dry for 8- 12 hours, depending on your dehydrator.
  • Store in a food safe container.

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

Serving: 3slicesCalories: 101kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 6gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dehydrated pears, dried pears, pear chips, pear recipes
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39 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 25, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Kathy, how long do dried pears last? Every year we dry apples and they last for many months. Our pear tree is finally producing a good crop, and I plan on dehydrating many of our pears. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 26, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      These last for several months as well. I have not ever had them go bad on us. Sometimes, we freeze bags of dried pears, just to make certain they last for the entire year.
      Enjoy! 🙂

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

    5 stars
    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.

  • Reply
    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.

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