The following year, we went back hoping to have the pears again. There wasn't a single pear on the tree!
The pears are still not quite as sweet or abundant as they were the first year, but they are pretty good. So far, we have made some dried pears, pear crisp, poached pears (we did not care for poached pears much!), and cut up fresh pear snacks. We have also put up about 7-8 quart bags of bears that we will later use for cooked pears over biscuits or pancakes. I can also use the frozen pears in pear pie.
Thinly Slice pears and dip them in lemon juice. Use a dehydrator according to manufacture directions. It took our dehydrator about 4-5 hours to make the dried (almost crispy) pears. You can use the pears for a snack or you can store them an rehydrate them for use later in a cake, pie, etc. I have to say that I have never rehydrated the pears so I can not offer any personal experience/suggestions for that. We always just eat ours for a snack...they would never last long enough at our house to use at a later date!
4-5 ripe Pears
1/4 cup quick cook oats
1/8 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 to 3/4 cup butter (the more the better, right!)
Dash of nutmeg (optional)
Slice the pears (about 1/4 inch thick) and place them in a 9 inch baking dish. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut the stick of butter into pieces and use a pastry blender, fork, or 2 knives to cut the butter into the dry mixture. Pour the mixture evenly over the pears. Bake at 350 degrees until browned. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream!