About a week and a half ago, Daddy & I picked pears from our backyard pear tree. We had read that it is best to pick pears before they are completely ripe because they ripen better off the tree. We let them sit in a bag for awhile on the dining room floor, and every day I would touch them to see if they were getting any softer. On Thursday night, I noticed that a few of them were starting to get soft, so on Friday morning, I woke up with a mission. Luckily, I had a great website to help me with my first true pear experience: www.pickyourown.org .
I washed all of the pears in cold water, then started on the adventure of peeling and coring them.
After that, I sliced them using an apple corer/slicer. I put them directly into a FruitFresh and Water Mixture. For those of you who aren’t familiar with FruitFresh, it is an Ascorbic Acid powder that prevents fruits and veggies from browning. (Check it out! http://thekitchenstore.com/bafrprpr.html … it’s also available at most grocery stores)
I kept slicing and peeling for what seemed like forever, and finally I had enough to fill up a cookie sheet. I lifted the pears out of the bowl, making sure to shake away any excess liquid, and spread them out in a single layer.The next step is to put the pears in the freezer. I ended up making three trays. The next day (you really only have to wait a few hours), I took the pears off the cookie sheet and put them into a labeled Ziplock bag. Easy, Right? Well, now we have a bag and a half of pears, and we still have more pears. Sounds like a good project for later this week! Here’s a pic of the finished product:
Thanks for reading!