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Why are home canned pears sometimes gritty?

Tree ripened pears have a coarse, gritty texture when canned. It is best to pick pears when they are full size but still firm and green. Hold them for about two weeks in cold storage - refrigerator temperatures, 35 to 40 degrees F., are best. Then allow them to ripen at room temperature before processing them.



Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia




Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009




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