food52hotline What can I do with extremely mealy, neither-sweet-nor-tart, pears? A Baked dessert? Eat as veg? They're very unpleasant.
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Maybe a pear Butter or preserve
or incorporate into a cake / bread as a puree
A conserve...perhaps would be helpful. You don't want to have pears be the star of the show. I hate mealy pears. I suppose you could also make a type of pear salsa with green peppers, spices, etc...preserve with water canner. A pear gingerbread cake?Pears with linguine and say a blue cheese? Poach them in wine.--slowly...? Or braise them?...with balsamic? Not sure this will do anything...but, you could try?
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Have you tried pickling them? If that works to crunch them up, it'd be good on salad or as an accompaniment to meats.
I've added mealy pears to a batch of applesauce with good success. Just don't go any more than 50-50 with the pears, so they don't have to be the star (as chefsusie noted). Toss in a little fresh ginger and sugar it with brown sugar. That's dessert all by itself!
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