If you love pears, but can never catch them at the right moment, here’s the secret to Pear Perfection:
Chill to Ripen 123:
- Line a bowl w paper towel.
- Gently put the pears in the bowl, stem side down.
- Place bowl in your drawer.
When you are ready to eat them take them out and let ripen at room temperature. (Note: The longer they have been in storage, the more quickly they will ripen.)
The delicious yellow bartlett pears will ripen in the bowl if you give them enough time.
You can also chill them for 2 days then allow them to ripen for a few days at room temperature.
When selecting pears to eat – look for one where the stem pulls out easily.
If a pear’s blossom end is brown, it’s center will be too.
While today we can buy fruit from green houses and from all over the world almost year round, and Harry & David will deliver bright green Anjou pears right to your door and let you send them to your loved ones, the winter pear is one of the truly beautiful things in nature.
Picture yourself trudging along in the snow… It’s January, February, you’re cold, hungry, looking for a rabbit or other small animal to shoot.
Then you look up and see a tree. On its branches are a few of the fruit that had stayed hard and green all fall.
You walk over and pick up one of the fruit laying fallet at the trunk, brush the snow off, sniff it, and take a bite.
Woosh! Your mouth is suddenly flooded with juice of a perfectly ripe chilled pear!
Talk about manna for whatever hungry animal discovers that in the winter or early spring when the snow starts to melt.
For more details on ripening pears, including the storage times for different varieties, visit this informative site: frugalliving.about.com