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 Post subject: Lots of pears!?!?!?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:06 pm 
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So my parents work a mobile pantry for our school district and they usually drop off some food at the end of it. Yesterday I got three full bags of pears and like 10 butternut squash. I know the squash will last for awhile in a cool dry place, but once the pears ripen, they will need to get used up.

Now my question is, can you dice up pears and freeze them? I thought maybe they could be added to smoothies or oatmeal. Just not sure if there is any prep needed in order to keep them fresh in the freezer, other then taking the skins off and dicing.

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P.S. I think it is great that my parents finally took my hint, and stopped dropping by a bunch of whole chickens. Husband is sad about that though.


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 Post subject: Re: Lots of pears!?!?!?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:11 pm 
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i don't think you need to do anything special to them before freezing if you don't care whether they hold their shape after they're thawed. as far as other ideas, one of the coffee shops near me sells vegan vanilla pear muffins, and they are awesome. or make a galette.

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 Post subject: Re: Lots of pears!?!?!?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:21 pm 
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I thought this said pearls and then I thought it was spam. Pears makes much more sense! I say freeze away. Maybe you could puree the pears and then spoon the puree into ice cube trays and make little pear ice cubes for easy smoothie use later.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:50 pm 
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I'd make pear sauce! you can make a ton in a giant soup pot and freeze that. then you could use it in place of applesauce in recipes. you could also try stewing pear halves in fruit juice (which should help them keep their shape better than water) and then freezing them and they should be similar to canned pears, which i kind of love.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:18 pm 
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Yes! I came here to also suggest pear sauce!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:25 pm 
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If you are going to use them in smoothies the peel, core, cube routine is just fine. If you puree them en freeze the puree in popsicle molds with a little sweetener you get great whole food pear pops.

You could also can the pears as marmalade or chutney. This is my favorite pear cake. A pear galette sounds nice too.

I'm going to get myself some pears really soon!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:49 pm 
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And make sure to bake the pear frangipane tart from VPITS (and on the blog). It's bliss.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:02 pm 
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Anek wrote:
And make sure to bake the pear frangipane tart from VPITS (and on the blog). It's bliss.

+1!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:15 pm 
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Good ideas. Thanks! I can probably do a little bit of everything, I have so many.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:23 am 
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Beautiful salads! (Serendipitously, I had just bookmarked this!)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/07/magazine/pear-salad-recipes.html

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:08 am 
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I've made a good green smoothie (from a book) with frozen pear, banana, figs, spinach and water (to reach desired consistency).

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:29 pm 
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Pear sauce! Pear sauce!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:38 am 
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Make pear jam! Pears have natural pectin I think, so they wil gel up well if you cook them for a while.

I have once made a fantastic pear-tea-jam where you cook black-tea-bags with the jam in the beginning to infuse everything with the flavour of tea. It was a spectacular combination!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:37 am 
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Pear sauce!


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 Post subject: Re: Lots of pears!?!?!?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:27 pm 
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Make a big batch of walnut-pear muffins, and freeze them. Then you can take one out each night before bed, leave it out at room temperature, and eat it for breakfast.


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