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Dec 17, 2011 10:44 PM

Where to find dried pears

I have a recipe for a holiday cake that calls for them, and now I can't find them anywhere. I thought Trader Joe's was a safe bet, but no such luck. Has anybody seen them in the area?

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  1. I would call PCC Natural Markets and see if they have them.

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    1. re: gingershelley

      Ballard Market also has an impressive bulk section and might come through.

      1. re: babette feasts

        And the dried fruit stand(s?) at Pike Place Market are worth a look, and maybe even Big John's PFI.

        1. re: mrnelso

          PFI has only the basics on dried fruits - apricots, currants, raisins, maybe cherries & cranberries. Pretty sure no pears.

          1. re: babette feasts

            That's what I'm finding a lot of places., even the stores with a good bulk food section. They have the basics--raisins, prunes, apricots, apples, etc.--and a few more exotic varieties, like mango--but nobody has pears. They used to have them at Thriftway in Renton, but that store is no more (it's now a Uwajimaya). I haven't tried PCC or Ballrd Market, but I will.

            Thanks, and keep the ideas coming--would love to hear from somebody who has actually seen them somewhere!

            1. re: MsMaryMc

              Love dried pears, but is it hard to find them or what? I get mine at Meinhardt's when we go to Vancouver. If you find a good place for them in Seattle, please let us know!

              1. re: PAO

                If the OP couldn't find them at Whole Foods or PCC, I am amazed. Something has changed.

                Even QFC & Safeway have always carried them, except those were the sulphur-plump, name brand ones.

                1. re: RandyB

                  I will gladly settle for sulphur-plump, name brand ones--but if you can find them now at QFC or Safeway, you're doing better than I am.

                  1. re: MsMaryMc

                    If all else fails, you can buy fresh pears at the store, Google "oven dried pears" and pretty easily make your own in your oven (unless you have a friend with a food dryer and can use that - but schlepping the dryer back and forth is probably too time consuming). Basically you wash, quarter and soak the pears in a water and lemon juice mixture, put them on a silpat, and let them dry overnight in a low oven - 140 to 175. If you do 'em tonight, you'll have dried pears in the morning. (I hope you get to see this post before it is moved to "Home Cooking" ...but maybe the elves will leave it for you since it is a holiday cake in Seattle, and there appear to be no dried pears in our town!)

              2. re: MsMaryMc

                I saw dried pears with my own eyes this morning at Metropolitan Market in West Seattle. Good luck!

      2. it's been a few years but i used to buy them from the bulk foods section at central market (115th/aurora) - they can often be found at the stall (whose name escapes me...) adjacent to the bronze pig under the clock in pike place market

        1. Manna Mills has a big selection of dried fruit.

          1. Finally found them tonight at Ballard Market. thanks much, y'al!!