Winter pear varieties are best suited to long-term storage. If you intend to store your pears for more than a couple of weeks, choose a winter pear such as an Anjou, Bosc, Comice, or Winter Nelis. How to Store Asian Pears. Asian pears are eaten when firm and crisp. They are ready to be eaten when picked, unlike European pears that need about a week to soften after being removed from cold storage. Asian pears do not continue to age once picked and are of best quality when the fruit is allowed to ripen on the tree. They are easy to spot.
Asian pears are not like the usual pear you can buy in your supermarket. At least they are not readily available in my area. From what I read, they are very apple-like. Often called Apple Pears or Oriental Pears, they are shaped more like an apple. They are tart and the texture is more crunchy like an apple. There are more than ten varieties of Asian pear and some are classified as low-acid for canning purposes. So, before boiling water canning, Asian pears must have a strong acid (e.g. lemon juice) added to them in order to increase the acidity enough to prevent the growth of botulism-causing bacteria.
In addition to the ripe pears, you only need a few other items (including the food dehydrator), most of which you will have in your kitchen. Have ready a bowl of acidulated water (water mixed with lemon juice or vinegar) to prevent browning, as well as a colander, vegetable peeler, knife, and a Author: Leda Meredith. Prepared this way, the jars have a shelf life of about 12 to 18 months, and aside from storing in a cool, dark place, require no special attention. You might also be interested in making pear butter! Directions for Making Canned Pears Ingredients. Fresh pears (for Asian pears, see this page!)n.