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How to Store Pears

Posted on August 12, 2012

pearIt’s almost pear season. If you’re not going to use the pears you’ve harvested or bought at the market right away, you’ll want to store them properly so their freshness is preserved as long as possible. Here’s how to store pears.

If you want the pears to ripen, you should store them at room temperature in a bowl or in a brown paper bag. Placing a banana in the bowl or in the paper bag will speed up the process.

Store ripe pears in the refrigerator to prevent them from ripening further. They’ll last about 3-5 days that way.

You can store underripe pears in the fridge for a week or more, but take them out of the fridge a day or two before you’re ready to eat them so they’ll ripen properly.

Pears absorb odors easily, so don’t store them with strong-smelling foods like onions or cabbage.

You can store cooked pears in the freezer.

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