I was one lucky blogger last Friday at BlogHer Food when the USA Pear Council was packing up their table and offered me a giant glass vase full of pears. There were many varietals of pears and my mind was a flurry with everything I could do with them. With travel plans in my near future, I knew the first thing I had to make was travel friendly fare: Pear Chips!
If you had the chance to meet me at BlogHer Food, you may have had a chance to sample kale chips or several other dehydrator experiments that are in the works. Confession: I am glad no one is around to sample these pear chips because they are just so darn good! The vitamin C tablets help prevent discoloration. The darker chips below are a varietal that has more natural pigment than the other chips.
|Pear Chips made from several pear varietals. Regular chips on the left and cinnamon chips on the right.|
Dried Pear Chips
Four Semi-Ripe Pears, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch on a mandolin
6 Vitamin C Tablets, crushed
Ground Cinnamon (optional)
Mixed vitamin C tablets with water. Add sliced pears and soak for ten minutes. Remove slices and pat dry. Lay on dehydrator trays in a single layer, do not overlap! You can sprinkle the slices lightly with cinnamon.
Dry at 135 degrees for five to seven hours until you reach desired crispness. Store in airtight container away from light. If you even get around to storing them :o)
Makes two servings: 141 calories, 7.5 grams of fiber