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Started by Tricyrtis on Sep 18, 2020 1:21:10 PM
What can I do with a glut of pears?

Any ideas, please?

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SinnerBoy - 18 Sep 2020 15:23:05 (#18 of 37)

The only time I've had meat and fruit and liked it was rack of lamb, with pears. It was at a wedding.

Tricyrtis - 18 Sep 2020 18:00:13 (#19 of 37)

uran, they shared it with us.

I really like fruit with meat. There was a Graun recipe for a stew with rabbit (or chicken) with sausages and apple which was delicious. Then there are many ME recipes that use apricots or sultanas with meat and they're delicious too. One I've been meaning to try is a Roman one that has pork with prunes.

dreams99 - 18 Sep 2020 18:06:41 (#20 of 37)

I have loads of pears too.

sibbsibb - 18 Sep 2020 18:07:20 (#21 of 37)

Do all these ideas depend on the pears being reasonable? What if you have a glut of hard, rather tasteless pears that never really improve?

Tricyrtis - 18 Sep 2020 18:13:08 (#22 of 37)

There was a recipe I came across for spicy pickled pears that might do the job for those, sibbsibb. Will try and find it.

Tricyrtis - 18 Sep 2020 18:13:51 (#23 of 37)

https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/preserves/spiced-pickled-pears

Yersinia - 18 Sep 2020 18:16:06 (#24 of 37)

I do a similar thing to Dottie's #4, but lazier. I poach pears in a cheap bottle of mulled wine, so it's already spiced.

And mulled wine is usually v cheap, and good enough for this purpose.

I reduce it until it's a syrup.

tasselhoff - 18 Sep 2020 19:13:33 (#25 of 37)

If anyone has any apples growing, it's really easy to make apple cider vinegar. I do it every year.

JohnIlly - 18 Sep 2020 19:33:13 (#26 of 37)

What if you have a glut of hard, rather tasteless pears that never really improve?

Chutney.

Although some hard pears improve with keeping.

DesEsseintes - 18 Sep 2020 19:41:41 (#27 of 37)

Save them for the village riot.

sibbsibb - 18 Sep 2020 19:47:42 (#28 of 37)

Thanks, tricyrtis! That looks great. I get so many it feels criminal to waste them, but they never reach a point where they're worth eating.

toffle - 18 Sep 2020 22:27:58 (#29 of 37)

hard, rather tasteless pears that never really improve?

Smoosh (to use the technical term) and turn into alcohol.

Tricyrtis - 19 Sep 2020 07:51:29 (#30 of 37)

I've found tonight's pear recipe - baked pear and red onion, with a little rosemary, a dab of cider vinegar and something sweet. The recipe says maple syrup but we don't have any so I'll use a bit of honey, if it actually needs sweetening.

https://www.sprinklesandsprouts.com/savory-baked-pears-side-dish/#wprm-recipe-container-26391

Catspyjamas17 - 19 Sep 2020 08:06:44 (#31 of 37)

Eat them raw with a nice Chianti.

Tricyrtis - 19 Sep 2020 08:29:43 (#32 of 37)

They're fallers so a bit bruised and spotty. I thought they'd be better cooked.

meepmeep - 19 Sep 2020 21:57:52 (#33 of 37)

In a little restaurant in Barcelona I had pear with salt cod and white beans. It was surprisingly good for a pairing which sounds a bit wrong.

Tricyrtis - 20 Sep 2020 08:05:15 (#34 of 37)

Going with 'pairings which sound a bit wrong', I tried the recipe for baked pears and onions, above, and it was delicious, a very pleasant surprise. We had it with roast chicken and other veg. Definitely one to try again.

AlanII - 20 Sep 2020 10:20:04 (#35 of 37)

'Pairings which sound wrong' deserves their own thread.

JohnIlly - 20 Sep 2020 12:01:41 (#36 of 37)

Would that be Food & Drink or would celebs be involved?

AlanII - 20 Sep 2020 14:41:15 (#37 of 37)

Hahaha. Both would work.

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