Even if you don’t have pear trees, you can still score a big box of pears while they are in season. If you want to get really crazy, you can preserve them so you have them all year long. If not, just enjoy them while they are fresh and the season lasts. Either way, here are some ideas for both:
- Can them. Canned pears are simple and delicious. They are my go-to winter fruit. Also, they taste pretty awesome for breakfast with a little cottage cheese.
- If you are not into canning them as is, try making/canning pear butter. This stuff makes toast something to look forward to.
- Pear Vanilla Jam makes great gifts. We like it on our pancakes too.
- Make Pear and Ginger Applesauce and then freeze it. It freezes really well and makes for a quick side for lunch or dinner.
- Whip up and can a batch of Cranberry Cinnamon Pear Sauce for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Make it now, enjoy it later.
- Besides the obvious of eating them whole, you can add them to antipasto platters–which make simple, but popular appetizers.
- Keep in mind, you can usually substitute pears for apples in most recipes. It gives the recipe a whole new flavor. Try your favorite apple pie recipe or apple crisp recipe using pears.
- I am a pretty big fan of tarts. This Rustic Pear Tart is no exception.
- Throw them in smoothies. They sweeten really lightly and add nice flavor/texture to smoothies.
- Dice them and add them to a spinach and chicken salad. They add just the right amount of sweet.
Do you have any favorite pear recipes?