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Sep 16, 2013 06:05 PM

How to deal with 9 Asian Pears

My mother gifted (burdened) me with 9 Asian pears. Normally, this would be a lovely present, but I have a 2 week old baby demanding my attention. I can barely drink water, let alone deal with the peaches and tomatoes from the CSA/farmers market.

Can you recommend a way to eat/process/use up the pears that is:

- Easy
- Fast
- Simple
- Delicious

recipes like this are, alas, not going to happen right now:

Thank you!

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  1. Congrats on the babe!

    I like Asian pears in a salad. Thinly sliced with arugula and a simple dressing.

    A friend of mine peels and uses in smoothies

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      I love them in salads as well, usually with prosciutto, Parmesan, arugula and pine nuts.

    2. Slice into thin rings and eat as is, or cut the rings into strips to include in salads and slaws.

      1. I was going to suggest something along these lines but instead of pickles, a relish comes to mind. If you have a food processor and some canning jars, it's really not that complicated. I like Caribbean & sweet/savory flavors so I'd make a relish using red bells, some type of spicy pepper like jalapeno or hotter if you like it that way, onions, fresh thyme, ginger, cinnamon, ground mustard seed, cloves, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, kosher salt, celery seed.

        Make a pickling solution with the vinegar, herbs, salt, brown sugar and a little water. Boil the jars; dice up the veggies and pack into the hot jars. Pour in the solution, leaving a few inches from the top of the jar. Tighten the lids on jars and cover with water in a pot of hot water. Boil for five minutes. Remove jars from water and allow to cool. Done!

        Great over a soft spreadable cheese & crackers or crostini, over pork, with tortilla chips as a salsa, stirred into a pot of dried beans, etc.

        1. Why don't you peel them and eat them raw? That is pretty simple and probably the best way to eat them.

          1. dice them... toss them with some blue berries and salmon