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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
    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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

      • 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

    5 stars
    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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

    • 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! πŸ™‚

    • 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! πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚ 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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