How to Preserve Pears?

How to Preserve Pears
How to store pears

How to preserve pears for a long time? In this blog, we will discuss it in detail. Pears can be kept in the fridge for 2-4 weeks. Pears ripen on the fruit bowl in about 4-5 days. Keep pear pieces in the freezer for 3 months. Never freeze a whole pear! It will rot. You can store pear preserves for 12 months. Pears and stewed pears are preserved in the same way.

How to Preserve Pears

Pears are picked and stored. Stored in cold rooms to slow down the ripening process. In addition, pears are picked unripe from the tree. The reason for this is that pears do not ripen properly when they are still on the tree, hence!

When they are in the store and you have bought them, they are often still hard, they still have to ripen. However, they should also not become too ripe, because then they will rot and they are no longer edible.

Storing the pears in the right way requires daily attention because they ripen outside the refrigerator and store in the refrigerator.

Pears Ripening

Pears do not ripen on the tree and that is why they are picked unripe. They are then stored in cold stores before they reach the store. When buying pears make sure the pears are hard. If you buy soft pears, you should actually eat them right away, because they are already ripe. Do not wait too long, because pears will rot quickly.

If you put the pears back in the refrigerator after purchase, they will not ripen. Pears only ripen outside the refrigerator at a temperature between 17 -25 degrees. So put them on the fruit bowl in a warm environment and they will ripen.

The time that the pear has been in the refrigerator also determines the ripening time. The longer a pear has been in the refrigerator, the faster the ripening process will proceed. So check every day how the ripening is progressing.

Ripening depends on the condition of the pears when you buy them. You can maintain a ripening period of an average of 5 days. Sometimes it is a day shorter or two days longer. That’s why you should check it every day.

The pears are ripe when the pulp is soft at the base of the stalk. You can push it in and the peel will spring with it. Then they are ripe.

Pears Ripening Faster

Pears therefore only ripen outside the refrigerator between 17 and 25 degrees. However, there is a way to speed up ripening.

Fruit that is ripe gives off ethylene gas. This gas is harmless in the small amounts that ripe fruit produces. However, this ethylene gas can accelerate the ripening process of other fruits.

Do you have unripe pears and would you like to ripen them faster? Then put the pears in a paper bag and together with two ripe apples or bananas. You will see that the ripening process is then considerably accelerated.

Again, the advice is to check how ripening is progressing every day.

Freezing pears

Freezing pears is also an option to preserve the pears. You can freeze pears to use them later in your smoothie, for example. Your smoothie will then stay nice and cool. How can you freeze pears?

Freezing a whole pear is not an option. This will lose a lot of flavor in the freezer and the pulp will turn brown. We cut the pear into pieces!

First, we peel the pear and remove the core. Then cut the pear into pieces. You can sprinkle these pieces with lemon juice, so you can be sure that the pulp does not discolor. Then place the pieces of pear on a large bowl separately from each other and put the bowl in the freezer.

After 3 hours they are frozen and you can pack the pieces in portions in a freezer bag. They will stay good for at least 3 months. And you can grab one serving for your smoothie at a time.

Keep Pears In Refrigerator

Since pears are kept in cold stores after picking to delay ripening, they can also be kept in the refrigerator at home.

The ripening process is also slowed down in the refrigerator. Pears can withstand the cold and you can keep them like this between 2-4 weeks. Be careful, because when you take them out of the fridge they are not yet ripened. You should not forget this if you want to eat your pears. The ripening takes place outside the refrigerator at room temperature.

Preserving Pears

Pears are also preserved or checked. This is quite a process and takes quite some time. During canning, you can add various ingredients to give the pears an extra flavor. So with different ingredients, you get different flavors. We do it here just the following ingredients:

  • 1 kilo of pears
  • 1 orange
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 100 ml lemon juice

This is what you need for canning pears to preserve them for a long time. But now we are going to canning.

Pears Wecken

Some actions are required to wake up. We start by peeling the pears and removing the stalk and core. Roughly chop the pears. Then the orange is squeezed.

Then make the syrup. This is done as follows; Place a pan with 3-4 tablespoons of water on the heat source. Add the sugar and sugar and slowly melt the sugar into syrup. Keep stirring so that it does not stick. Now the sugar will caramelize.

Place a pan with water on the heat and bring the water to a boil. When it boils, the pears go into the pan along with the caramelized sugar. Also, add the orange juice and cinnamon sticks. Now cook the pears for about 10-12 minutes.

Sterile the jars. Place a large pot of water on the heat source and bring the water to a boil. Add the glass jars and lid and let it stand for 10 minutes. Take them out with forceps and make sure to keep them sterile.

Now put everything in the jars and fill the jars to about 1 centimeter below the rim and close the lid. Now put the pots back into the large pot of boiling water. Boil them for about 10-15 minutes and then let them cool down.

You can keep these pears for at least 1 year.

So, now you know how to preserve pears.

 

 

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