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food52hotline What can I do with extremely mealy, neither-sweet-nor-tart, pears? A Baked dessert? Eat as veg? They're very unpleasant.

asked by @me_kanth about 5 years ago

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added about 5 years ago

Maybe a pear Butter or preserve

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added about 5 years ago

or incorporate into a cake / bread as a puree

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added about 5 years ago

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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added about 5 years ago

Have you tried pickling them? If that works to crunch them up, it'd be good on salad or as an accompaniment to meats.

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added about 5 years ago

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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