I got a bunch of pears from a neighbor. I want to either can them or freeze them for pies or make pear butter.
The problem is that a few are now ripe & the others are still green & hard as rocks.
What should I do with the ripe one's to keep them from going bad while I wait for the green one's to ripen?
It doesn't look like there all going to ripen at all close to each other.
You really can't do anything to get the ripe ones to hold till the others catch up. Just go ahead & eat them, or make a small batch of some kind of jam, preserve or conserve. I've tried pie & crisp from ripe pears, but it wasn't that yummy. Lacks the nice mix of sweet & tart in other kinds of pies. Maybe mix w/apples? DH peeled & quartered enough ripe pears to fill a canning jar, then covered w/vodka. In a few weeks, he'll drain & mix w/ sugar syrup for pear liquer. Sue PS My pears ripened a few at a time, then 8 or 10, then the last flat pretty much together, so that's what I canned. It's good to mix some not-quite-ripe when canning, to keep the acid up. Or add an acidifier.
I make a pear conserve with a few of those candied cherries like you use in fruitcake and cinnamon and nutmeg. It's delicious and so pretty, a great gift at the holidays. Just add the chopped cherries when the jam is in the stir-and-skim stage so they don't lose color.
I have never frozen pears but I wonder if that's possible. We have a bumper crop this year so we're mixing some in with the apples as we make cider.
I make spiced pear sauce. It is exactly liking making applesauce only I add about a teaspoon of ground cloves for more flavor and can them too. It comes out with a nice pear taste with a little zing from the cloves.
You can put your pears in a paper bag with a ripe apple and they will ripen faster. I actually like mine a little green for canning. They are closer to fresh after canning. I agree with others, I use the really ripe ones to make pear sauce.
I just put up pears from my tree for the first time this year.
I have a few pints of pear butter but it tastes grainy, I do not really like it.
I also cored and quartered pears and put them in a light sugar syrup.
WOW! I am very surprised at how good they came out. Soft and lightly sweet. Much better than eating them fresh. I think the slight cooking they got in the canning process really does something to soften the fruit.