Dried pears are my second favorite dried snack after apples. Dried pear slices really add elegance to a fruit, nut, and cheese plate. Diced, they can be added to hot cereals, trail mixes, and instant oatmeal.
- Gently wash pears. Cut in half the long way. Pull to remove the stem and use a spoon to remove the seeds.
- Cut them into ¼ inch slices, as even as possible. Or dice them.
- Place onto a drying rack and dry them at 135 degrees for about 5-6 hours, depending on how thick you ended up slicing them.
- Let cool before storing them in an airtight container in your pantry.
- If you have an Excalibur, 3 medium pears will fill one tray.
- You don’t have to cut the pears in half and remove the seeds if you don’t mind eating them. It is sometimes a little easier to slice the whole pear instead of the halves.
- If sun drying, it can take several days to dry them. Turn them over once during the drying.