spicy, ginger and black pepper pear slices
12 pears with skins left on, washed, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices (I used a mandolin to keep the slices a consistent thickness – this provides even drying time)
juice of 1 lemon
1″ ginger, peeled and grated
cracked, black pepper, to taste
- Add the lemon juice and ginger to a large bowl.
- As you slice the pears, add them to the bowl and coat them with the lemon juice, ginger mixture. (the lemon juice prevents browning).
- Place the pear slices in your dehydrator, ensuring that you don’t overlap any of the slices.
- Grind some black pepper over the top of all the slices. I just did one side. I didn’t want the spiciness to overwhelm.
- Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees and let dry for 8 – 10 hours depending on how stiff you like them. I left mine just a bit leathery, not crunchy.
Store in an airtight container.
As I do with most things I make, I tried these pears with a lot of foods (and drinks) I consume regularly and found that they add a nice spicy, sweet element.
They were also delicious with my seed crackers and goat cheese.
If you make these, please let me know what you put them on or in. I’d love to hear how you enjoy them!