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How to Perfectly Dry Pears

Drying pears is a perfect way to preserve them. It’s easier than canning, they take up a lot less space, and it requires no refrigeration. Plus dried pears are so tasty too. 

Let me show you how to perfectly dry pears for food storage. 

dried pears on drying tray

I dry pears each year when pears are in season. I find drying fruit is so much easier than canning it. 

Dry fruit takes up a lot less space and no freezer or refrigeration is needed. 

You can enjoy your dried pears as a snack, in yogurt, or bake your pears in quick breads, muffins, or pancakes. 

Let’s get started…

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What You’ll Need to Dry Pears at Home

items needed to dry pears

Pear, we use Bartletts

Paring Knife, I love these!

Melon Baller

Dehydrator or Oven, This is the best dehydrator.

Now that you know what you need, let’s get started drying pears.

How to Dry Pears at Home (Video Tutorial)

I made a quick video to show you all the steps in drying pears but if you want the written instructions or the printable instructions, keep scrolling down. 

Drying Pears, A Step-by-Step Guide

pears in the sink to wash before drying

1. Wash the Pears

Be sure to wash your pears well. I fill the sink with water and place the pears in the water. I gently swish them a bit and then using sponge scrub them a little. Then rinse. 

2. Remove the Ends

The next step is to remove the stem end and the blossom end. I find this task is easy when using a melon baller. Just scoop out each end and discard.

3. Peel, if desired

Now the ends are removed, you can peel the pears at this point. I usually leave the skin on since we have home-grown pears. But if you don’t grow your own or you are not sure if pesticides were used on them, you might want to peel the pears. 

coring pears to dry

4. Cut the Pear in Half

The next step is to cut your pear in half. Try to go right down the center. Then using the melon baller, scoop out the core and seeds. Do the same for the other half. 

how to slice pears for drying

5. Slice The Pear

Now you have your pear prepped and ready to go, all that is left is to slice each half. 

Try to keep your slices uniform in thickness so they will all dry at about the same rate. 

If you are worried about the pears browning in the drying process, you can treat them with a little lemon juice water. 

I don’t treat mine at all. I don’t mind if they brown, they still taste the same. 

dry pears ready to go into the dehydrator

6. Dehydrate the Pears

Place each slice of pear on your dehydrator tray. Leave a little space between each one for good air circulation. 

Place your tray into the dehydrator and dry at 135 degrees until the pears are dry with no moisture pockets. 

I dry mine really dry. I find they store best that way. 

I can always add a little water to rehydrate them before consuming them if desired. 

If you don’t have a dehydrator…

You can use an oven. Place your pears on a baking rack inside of a cookie sheet. 

Put your oven on the lowest setting. Place your prepared sheets with pears on them and bake or convection bake until they are dried with no moisture pockets left. 

finished dried pear on drying rack

7. Place in an Air-Tight Container

Once your pears are dried and cooled, it’s time to package them for storage. Package them into a glass jar with air tight lids or into some other air-tight container. 

You can also seal them in a vacuum seal bag.

I pack my dried pears into smaller bags or jars. So if a pear doesn’t get dried adequately and it molds, I only lose a small amount instead of a full bag. 

Plus, it’s easier to take a small jar or bag out to consume and leave the rest in the food storage. 

Store in a cool, dark area. The cupboard away from the stove is a good spot for most people. 

dried pears in a jar

Storing your Dried Pears

How do you store dried pears?

We store them at room temperature in the cupboard with no problems or molding. 

If you are concerned about your pears not lasting for you or going bad, you can always store your dried pears in the freezer in a freezer bag. 

You can store your dried pears in a heavy zipper bag, like a freezer bag.  A vacuumed sealed bag, or a jar that can be tightly sealed with an oxygen packet.

How long can you store dried pears?

When they are properly stored dried pears will easily last 6-12 months at room temperature. 

But at our house, they only last a few months. Everyone at our house loves dried pears, so they go quickly.

dried pears in a storage jar.

That’s all there is to drying your own pears at home. When drying pears the flavor intensifies and they are just like eating candy, but all natural. 

My kids gobble them up. I hope your family loves them as much as ours does. 

Learn How to Make…

Pear Jam

Pear Freezer Jam

How to Can Pears, (coming soon)

dried pears in a jar
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How to Dry Pears

Learn how to dry pears at home. It’s simple and easy to do either in a food dehydrator or the oven. And dried pears are so delicious almost like candy but so much better for you.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Drying Time 12 hours
Author Shelly

Equipment

  • Paring Knife
  • Melon Baller
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Dehydrator or Oven

Ingredients

  • Pears

Instructions

  • Wash the Pears, Be sure to wash your pears well. I fill the sink with water and place the pears in the water. I gently swish them a bit and then using sponge scrub them a little. Then rinse.
  • Remove the Ends, The next step is to remove the stem end and the blossom end. I find this task is easy when using a melon baller. Just scoop out each end and discard.
  • Peel, if desired, Now the ends are removed, you can peel the pears at this point. I usually leave the skin on since we have home-grown pears. But if you don’t grow your own or you are not sure if pesticides were used on them, you might want to peel the pears.
  • Cut the Pear in Half, The next step is to cut your pear in half. Try to go right down the center. Then using the melon baller, scoop out the core and seeds. Do the same for the other half.
  • Slice The Pears, Now you have your pear prepped and ready to go, all that is left is to slice each half. Try to keep your slices uniform in thickness so they will all dry at about the same rate. If you are worried about the pears browning in the drying process, you can treat them with a little lemon juice water.
  • Dehydrate the Pears, Place each slice of pear on your dehydrator tray. Leave a little space between each one for good air circulation. Place your tray into the dehydrator and dry at 135 degrees until the pears are dry with no moisture pockets. If you don’t have a dehydrator: you can use an oven. Place your pears on a baking rack inside of a cookie sheet. Put your oven on the lowest setting. Place your prepared sheets with pears on them and bake or convection bake until they are dried with no moisture pockets left.
  • Place in an Air-Tight Container, Once your pears are dried and cooled, it’s time to package them for storage. Package them into a glass jar with air tight lids or into some other air-tight container. You can also seal them in a vacuum seal bag.

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2 thoughts on “How to Perfectly Dry Pears”

  1. Thank you for putting a lot of effort into making this tutorial. It was very helpful. I am ready now to go try my first batch. (smile)

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