Pears are relatively simple to work with and there are only a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you need to wait until they are ready. Picking them too early results in very hard, difficult to work with produce. It takes some patience and there is a fine line between when they are ready and when they are over-ripe. If you are in a hurry and want to rush the process a bit, you can wrap your picked pears in newspapers and wait a day or two. It’s important to check them so they don’t over-ripen. The best type of pears for these preservation methods are either Bosc or Bartlett (we use Bartlett). Here are a few of my favorite ways to preserve the harvest.
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