How to Dry Pears and Make Pear Fruit Leather


Dried pears are my favorite dried fruit! It you wait until they are nice and ripe they are naturally sweet and delicious as dried fruit.


Ever since I bought my dehydrator I have dried pears. My favorite pear to dry is the Bartlett pear. I think you could dry any variety, but the Bartlett has been my favorite.

Ingredients:

Yellow ripe Bartlett Pears
Lemon or Lime Juice and water (optional)
Pam Spray

Tools:

Food Dehydrator 
Fruit Roll Sheets

Directions:

Slice pears to desired thickness. I like to use my apple corer slicer to core them and give me a baseline size. I then cut them in half. It is important to cut them the same thickness so that they will all dry at the same rate.
To prevent browning soak the fruit in a bath of water with lemon or lime juice. Use ¼ cup of lime or lemon juice to 2 cups of water. I do not mind the brown color, so if I do not have lime or lemon juice I leave this step out.
Spray your drying trays with a lite coat of Cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Arrange your pears on the tray.
Dehydrate at 135º for 8-16 hours depending on how many layers of trays you have.
Store in an airtight container.

I love, love, love the pear fruit roll. It is much easier to make than the dried pears and I think it tastes better too. It is my new favorite snack.

Ingredients:

Yellow ripe Bartlett Pears
Sweetner (optional) Like Xylitol, sugar or honey and water
Pam Spray

Tools:

Blender
Food Dehydrator
Fruit Roll Sheets

Directions:

Use an apple corer slicer to quickly core and slice the pears.
To ease the blending process I add a little bit of water at the bottom of my blender. At this step you could add a sweetner, but if your pears are nice and ripe you probably will not need it.
Add pears skin and all to blender and blend until smooth.
Spray your Fruit Roll Sheets with a lite coat of Cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Pour fruit puree onto fruit roll sheet.
Dehydrate at 135º for 8-16 hours depending on how many layers of trays you have.
In the past I have rolled my fruit like in my strawberry fruit leather recipe. But I found a storage method that I like much better. I use my kitchen scissors and slice the roll up like pizza and store them in an air tight container. This saves me from using up lots of wax paper and if makes it really convenient and well portioned for snacking. Great for my kids school lunches.

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