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