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Pears we pulled off our tree

I have a pear tree in my yard....my kids pulled about 50 of them off yesterday and I noticed that all though they are NOT horrible they are definitely not good enough IMO to be eaten out of hand...so, the question I have is what in the sam hell do I do with them? any ideas?

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  1. I think poaching under-ripe pears helps pull out their sweetness. The poaching liquid could be many different things depending on your preferences. If they are very sour, you might consider a savory chutney to serve with meats.

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    1. re: smtucker

      What SMTucker said, plus Jam. add in what the pears themselves ae lacking- texture with some ginger or apples, sweetness, etc. You might get a little over-peared, but they do pair nicely with cheeses and nuts.

    2. I would make pear jam. My favourite recipe includes vanilla bean. Or you could make a pear ginger chutney. I've also made pear crisp.

      1. Pear Marmalade: Peel and core 5 pounds of hard nasty pears from your tree. Grind them coarsely or process in a Cuisinart coarsely along with 1 whole lemon, rind and all, just take out the seeds. Add 1/2 cup chopped candied ginger, 1 entire can crushed pineapple, and 7 cups of sugar. Simmer until it gels. Makes 11-12 glasses.

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        1. re: Querencia

          Querencia, I don't own a cuisinart or any kind of food processor. What I have is a blender and a hand mixer...can I use either of those?

        2. All amazing ideas....I don't bake, at least I've never been successfull at it and I cringe when i think of the work that goes into canning...I am a poor poor chowhound LOL. I am looking for simple stove top like recipes. Thanks however, to everybody who replied.

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          1. re: lilpixy

            Chutney and Marmalade are both simple stovetop recipes. They will keep in the fridge for months. And if there is too much, you can give the refrigerated goodness to friends.

            1. re: smtucker

              would any of you be so kind as to give me a recipe or a link....in its entirety? I apologize in advance for my neediness

              1. re: lilpixy

                Pear Chutney..... it's an old recipe I have, so apologies that the measurements are not metric. This yields about 6 pounds.

                4lb pears
                8oz onion
                1.5 pints brown malt vinegar
                1.5 lbs sugar
                6oz chopped preserved ginger
                8oz raisins
                0.5 teaspoon each, ground mixed spice, dry mustard powder, ground cinnaomon
                1 teaspoon salt

                Chop pears and onions finely (processor is a good idea). Put in pan with half the vinegar and simmer until soft and pulpy. Add eveything else and simmer until thick. Then put into storage jars. This a long-temr keeper which will last, literally, for years in the cupboard. And no need to fridge once you've opened a jar.

          2. Do you have a crock pot? This pear butter recipe is nice. If you don't want to can the results you can freeze it or put it in the refrigerator.

            http://www.pickyourown.org/pearbutter...

            1. You do know that pears must be ripened off the tree, refrigerated, for about two weeks, right? That's probably why they're not great now.

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              1. You can also make pear sauce -- just like applesauce.

                Peel and seed the pears, then cook them down with some sugar, a pinch of salt, and a little cinnamon.

                1. We have a very old pear tree, too, and the pears cannot be eaten out of hand when picked. I did some research into pears, and learned that many varieties need to be chilled before being left to ripen. Apparently one should generally not let pears ripen on the tree, but pick them when they snap off the stem easily, then chill at close to freezing for a few days. Then let them ripen.

                  Now, I should say that we're experimenting with this, and our pears are still rock hard and gritty. They cook up OK, so it may be that they are never able to be eaten out of hand. The tree is well over 100 years old, and I can't figure out the type of pear. Anyway, it will be chutney or jam or maybe pickled pears for us, I think.

                  1. Thanks for the tips about putting in them in the fridge,hopefully that works. It would be nice to have a source of healthy snacks right in my front yard :)

                    1. Pear, pea and watercress soup:

                      http://www.birdseye.co.uk/recipes/det...

                      We use a little less onion and add the watercress a few minutes before the end of cooking. It's terrific hot, or chilled on a hot day.

                      Challenge guests to guess what's in it.