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I picked my pears Labor day weekend like I always do but when I went to can them the following weekend only about 1/4 of them were ripe. Now the rest are all very ripe and there is no way I can get to canning them until Sunday (4 days). What is the best way to prevent them from being over ripe by then?

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You could put them in the fridge, and hope they stay good, or you can blanch them and freeze.

Blanching:

  • Prepare the pears just like you would for canning (peel & cut).
  • Dip the pear in hot water (or water with sugar) for about a minute.
  • From the hot water, dip into an ice-bath.
  • Plastic bag/container and into the freezer.
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I had to go the refridgerator route as the other option would have taken too long (I am in the middle of a software conversion) –  Mike B Sep 14 '12 at 1:17
    
@MikeB, software conversions are a pain. Good luck! –  BaffledCook Sep 14 '12 at 10:06

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