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