Dehydrated pears are one of the most popular dehydrated fruits. You can prepare this tasty food item in many different ways. You can use your air fryer to prepare dried pears apart from using a food dehydrator. But you need the air fryer with a dehydrator option to dehydrate any food item. In this article, I am going to teach you how to dehydrate pears in an air fryer. After the read, I hope you will be able to prepare this dehydrated fruit item at home by yourself.
Air fryer dehydrated pears can be preserved for a long time. You may preserve them as long as 6 months to 1 year. The best pears you may choose for dehydrating are the ripe ones. These are full of vitamins, minerals, and other food values. Before I discuss the dehydration process in detail, let us discuss the food value of this tasty fruit.
Nutrition value of Pears (180 gm)
- Calories – 100
- Sugar – 17 gm
- Fiber – 5.5 gm
- Protein – 1 gm
- Water – 85%
Apart from the above facts, the nutrition contents include vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C, K, and potassium. Besides, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, 6, and folate are also present in pears in a small amount. Pears also contain antioxidants that are necessary for maintaining a healthy life.
Things you need to prepare dehydrated pear in an air fryer
You need fresh and ripe pears to get them dehydrated. This is the only ingredient you need. Apart from this, you need some other equipment such as an air fryer, a bowl, vegetable peeler or mandolin, and a kitchen knife. You will also need vinegar or lemon juice to prepare an acidulated solution.
- Vegetable peeler
- Kitchen knife
Pear dehydrating process
- The first step in preparing dehydrated pear is preparing acidulated water. After dehydration, pears get brown. To prevent this, they are treated with acidulated water. Take a quart of water in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar. You may also add lemon juice if vinegar is not available. After preparing the solution, drop the pears into it and keep them a few hours in it.
- You need to peel the skin of the pears off. If you slice them without peeling off the skin, then it may take a gritty texture. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins and then cut them into quarters. I would recommend cutting into ½ inches of slices. Remove the cores and stems during slicing.
- After you get the small slices, take them in a bowl, and wash them thoroughly. Before placing them on the racks of the air fryer, make sure you get them dry with a paper towel.
- Now arrange the slice on the racks of the air fryer. The rule of thumb is that you have to arrange the pears in a single layer. You may allow if they touch one another. If the air fryer has multiple racks, use all the racks to maximize the capacity.
- Now set the temperature of the air fryer to 130° Dry the slices until you see no moist spots. It may take up to 10 hours to complete the dehydration process. Before you store them, wait for 10 minutes to cool at room temperature.
- Store the dried pears in an airtight pack. It is better to use a glass jar that is tightly sealed. Keep it away from heat and sunlight.
Suggested air fryer for dehydrating pears
From the above discussion, it is already clear to you that dehydrating pears in an air fryer needs a large space. Therefore, if you want to do it in an air fryer, I would recommend you to use a multi-layer air fryer instead of a regular air fryer.
Besides, dehydrating pears or any other fruits need a temperature of around 130°F to 140°F that a regular air fryer can not achieve. Therefore, choose the best air fryer with racks and dehydration function. If you have a regular coffeemaker shaped air fryer, then I’m afraid you can no dehydrate with it.
I think now you know how to dehydrate pears with your air fryer at home by yourself. It requires passion and patience to get the perfectly dried pears. Take your time until you completely get away with all the water. If there is water inside the pear, then it will not last long. If you like to dehydrate other fruit and food items, you may like our related articles below.