Dehydrated pears are awesome! They are very similar to apples as far as preparation, minus the ability to use an apple peeler/corer. I tried this method and failed miserably! The problem isn't the shape of the pears, it's the fact that the pears aren't firm enough so the core section just spins around when rotating the handle of the peeler/corer.
I bought 12lbs of pears for $1.00/lb. What
a deal! It took me almost an hour and a half to wash, peel, core, and
slice the pears. Longer prep time than apples, but well worth it!
1. Wash the pears.
2. Peel, core, and slice pears.
3. Treat pears with lemon juice/water mixture. You can soak the pears, but spraying them right on the trays works just fine.
4. Spread pears onto your dehydrator trays, making sure not to overlap. Dehydrate according to your dehydrator's directions.
5. After testing and satisfied that they are done to your liking, let cool completely. I usually just let them cool right in the dehydrator, and then I remove the apples and store in an air tight container for a day or two at room temperature.
6. Package pears. I prefer storing mine in canning jars. I keep one jar handy for short term storage, and vacuum seal the rest right in the jars and store in the spare refrigerator in the garage. My vacuum sealer has a jar attachment and it works perfectly. You can even hear it "pop" just like heat canning.