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Pear Chips

August 31, 2020

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

Dried pears on a board with a glass jar filled with pear chips behind them.

We have two pear trees and every year the harvest keeps getting better and better. We also have a neighbor with two mature pear trees that are loaded with pears. She invites us to pick from her trees every year, because there are so many pears.

Between all the trees, I picked 5 huge laundry baskets full of pears. I know what you’re thinking! Laundry Baskets? Really? Yep! Laundry baskets are quite handy for picking, carrying and storing pears. And I have plenty of baskets in my house.

Laundry baskets are sturdy, they have air holes which is great while the pears 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! And in return they’ll have a lovely snack of dried pears!

Fresh pears growing on a tree.

When is the best time to pick pears?

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.

A fresh pear on a wooden cutting board.

We eat fresh pears, can pears in quart jars to fill our pantry, and dehydrate pears into pear chips.

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

The pears are so easy to cut when they aren’t quite 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.  My kids love to eat them as soon as they come off the dehydrator. I can hardly keep up with the way the kids eat these things! They love ’em!!!

A pear being sliced into long strips.

Frequently asked questions

What type of pears can I use?

I used bartlett pears, but you could also use anjou or bosc pears.

How long does it take to dry pears?

Approximately 8-12 hours. It depends on the thickness of your pear slices, how ripe the pears are, the temperature of your dehydrator, how many pears you are dehydrating and the humidity.

How do I know when the pears are dry enough?

The best way to know if your pears are dried is to try one. I often will let a slice cool for a few minutes and then try it. i like my pears just slightly chewy still and not brittle.

How do I store dried pears?

Once fully dried, store pears in a zip top bag or a glass jar with a lid. For longer storage, fill a freezer bag with dried pears and freeze in a deep freeze.

Slices of fresh pear on a cutting board.

Variations on dried pears

There are a variety of seasonings you can add to your pears before you dry them. My favorite way is to eat them just plain, but I do make a few different varieties just to mix things up a bit.

  • Cinnamon and Sugar – Mix a tablespoon of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle a light coating on one side of the pears before drying.
  • Ginger – Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. Sprinkle on one side of pears before drying
  • Chai Spice – Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamon.
  • Lemon Juice – Dip pear slices into freshly squeezed lemon juice. Allow excess juice to drip off and then add to the dehydrator.

Additional pear recipes

If you are looking for more recipes using fresh pears, you’ll want to check out these recipes:

Dried pears in a glass crock.

Additional food preserving recipes

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A glass crock filled with dried pears.

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Dried pears on a board with a glass jar filled with pear chips behind them.

Pear Chips

Kathy
Turn fresh pears into dehydrated pears. These pear chips make a delicious, healthy snack.
5 from 5 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

Equipment

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

  • You can use any amount of pears. 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.
Variations:
  • Cinnamon and Sugar – Mix a tablespoon of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle a light coating on one side of the pears before drying.
  • Ginger – Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. Sprinkle on one side of pears before drying
  • Chai Spice – Mix a tablespoon of sugar with a 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamon.
  • Lemon Juice – Dip pear slices into freshly squeezed lemon juice. Allow excess juice to drip off and then add to the dehydrator.

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
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally published September, 2016. The content has been updated.

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet
    September 4, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    What a great snack idea Kathy !! I am so going to try this!! I buy dried pears at Trader Joe’s but man if I could make my own!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 5, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Everything’s better when you can do it yourself!

  • Reply
    Alex
    September 4, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great snack idea, Kathy! I have some pears that are perfect for this! Time to get the dehydrator out of the cupboard 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 5, 2020 at 5:39 am

      This is the time I use mine the most. Apples and pears make great dried fruit.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 31, 2020 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    I’ve never made dried pears, but these look delicious, Kathy! Plus, I’m more than a little jealous at your 5 laundry baskets full of pears – that’s crazy! We almost planted a pear tree at our old house, but we opted for a couple apple trees instead. When we moved 8 years later, we were only getting a couple of apples each year. It takes so long for trees to fully mature. And now you’ve inspired me to dust off that dehydrator that I have in the basement!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 31, 2020 at 5:14 am

      It does take several years before you get a great harvest from most fruit trees. It’s fun each year to watch the tress slowly get bigger!

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