For the longest time, I didn't really like pears all that much. I think it was because I had only really ever had pears in syrup out of the can. Then, I tried a fresh from the farm Anjou pear at a farmer's market once and I knew what I had been missing out on. It was sweet and yet so juicy and I loved the texture of it. I bought a large bag of them and almost hoarded them like they were made of gold in my kitchen making sure I knew the ins and outs of where they were at all times and keeping stock in my head until the last pear was consumed.
If you happen to get a great deal on a large amount pears and don't worry they will go missing like I did, here are some tips for preserving and storing pears.
How to Freeze Pears
There are several ways you can freeze pears, however, packing them in sugar, a simple syrup, or dry packing them are the most popular ways. Before you pick a way to freeze them, consider what you want to use them for later. If you want to make sweet desserts, I recommend the sugar pack way. If you want to just eat them, syrup packing is preferred. If you are not sure what you want to use them for, I recommend the dry pack method because you don't want to end up with something too sweet. No matter what method you use, remember to start with clean peeled and cored pears. I also add a little bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning the same way you would with apples.
For the sugar pack method, you simply sprinkle the desired amount of sugar over them and allow it to absorb. For the dry pack method, just flash freeze them on a single layer on a cookie sheet and then place in bags like you would for blueberries. To do the simple syrup method, make a syrup from 1 part sugar and 1 part water, allowing it to boil down to a thicker consistency and pour it over the pears. You don't want them swimming in it, so a little goes a long way.
If you want to use your pears in recipes, here are some delectable pear recipes to inspire you!
10 Delectable Pear Recipes
Make this Easy Pear Butter with this recipe from Gimme Some Oven. I love the way it is such a simple recipe and it doesn't require a slow cooker.
Make Pear Sauce in a Pressure Cooker for a great way to preserve extra pears. It tastes great on ice cream or even as a topping on pork as you can use it like apple sauce.
Try this Pear Goat Cheese and Italian Sausage Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Fresh Basil from Cooking Classy on a night when you feel like getting fancy with pizza night. It sounds so delicious!
Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Wrapped Pears from The Everygirl are the perfect appetizer for your next dinner party. They are savory and sweet and everyone from kids to adults will devour them!
Here's something different for you to make: Pear and Blue Cheese Roasted Brussels Sprouts from The Cookie Rookie.
Since fall is almost upon us, why not make this Autumn Pear Bread from The Purposeful Mom? Can you imagine how great is smells baking in the oven?
Brown Butter Upside-Down Cake from Cooking for Keeps is also very delicious sounding! I can imagine it hot out of the oven with some vanilla bean ice cream!
Make lunch exciting with this Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad from Cooking Classy.
I can't wait to try this Spiced Pear Baked Oatmeal from Oh My Veggies for my next brunch.
Make Cinnamon Pear Chips from Kleinworth & Co. for a truly tasty snack you won't be able to put down.