My pears come in really well every year, but Ive never picked them b/c I never known when they were ripe. As you can guess, I havent handeled fresh pears before, LOL. My dh thinks Im supposed to pick them when they start to fall? and my sister thinks they are supposed to be picked and then they have to sit for a while. the few times I have picked them that have been rock hard inside and out, leading me to think they werent ripe. DH is wanting me to learn to can these, amoung other things. Anyway, any advise will be appreciated.