How to Prepare a Pear:
Pears can be eaten whole, skin and all, just like an apple. As with any fruit, it is recommended that you wash pears before consuming them. Use cold water and gently rub them, taking care near the stem and base.
A vegetable peeler works well to peel pears, or instead simply use a sharp paring knife. If you are not planning to eat them right away, you’ll want to make sure cut pears are dipped in a mixture of lemon juice and water (acidulated water) to keep them from turning brown.
To core a pear, either slice it into quarters and cut out the core, or cut the pear in half and use a melon baller to scoop out the core.
There are many ways in which you can prepare a pear. In addition to eating them raw, they can be baked, grilled, poached, roasted, sautéed, sauced and stewed.
Important to note: Pears can almost always be substituted in any recipe that calls for apples.
Yield: 3 medium pears = approx. 1 pound = approx. two cups sliced