How can I ripen store-bought pears in one day? I am having a dinner party tonight and need them for a recipe. The pears I bought have not yet ripened.
By Karin from San Diego, CA
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Put them in a paper bag with bananas. I always put mine with bananas in the fruit bowl and it works great! I'm not sure about having them ready by evening though!:)
First, it can't be done in a day. It will take 24 to 48 hours. Put the pears in a large plastic container with 2 or 3 apples. Be sure the container closes tightly. The apples give off a gas that will ripen the pears fairly quickly, but not in 12 hours or less. Sorry.
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What is the correct way to ripen pears (other than on the tree)? We have a new pear tree that has produced 11 pears this year and they're falling off, but aren't ripe. I know there are recommendations about ripening bananas and wonder if there is something special I should do to help my pears ripen instead of rot. Thanks
Judi from Elgin, OR
When you have 2-3 dozen doing it at the same time you want to control the ripening factor unless you are doing it to can/process them. I love taking the pears and the red and golden delicious apples, do not peel, just wash, core or seed and toss into the blender, toss on the dehydrator sheets to make the best snack for the kids. Oh, make sure you use a plastic wrap on the dehydrator sheets.
If you toss into a open kettle to cook before doing it, the fruit will stay sticky, like you buy roll ups in the store. If you like, mix a little apple sauce with your fruit. If not, just a drying session, it will be wafer like, melt in the mouth. Store bought roll up uses the pear as a base for all their products. (09/12/2008)
What is the best way to ripen pears?
By Kizzie from Cincinnati, OH
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