Can You Freeze Pear? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Pear?

You can freeze pears through several methods – in syrup, dry, as juice, and more. If you have got just the right stage of ripe pears and a few freezer-safe air-tight containers, then you can have them lasting longer in the freezer, maybe even for a whole year.

Here is the ultimate guide of all methods you could use to freeze and store pear.

These methods have worked very well for me and many others!

So, let’s get started with the first one.

Can You Freeze Pear in Syrup?

Can You Freeze Pear in Syrup?

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

If you plan to use the pears without cooking them, this method would be one of the best options.

Materials

  • Pears
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar
  • Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

Tools

  • No special tools needed

Instructions

    1. Clean and Prep - Peel the pears and core them.

      Then cut them in halves or quarters, as you prefer.
    2. Stop the Browning - To stop the pears from discoloring, we need to treat them with an acidic solution.

      So, use three tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl of water and let the pear soak in it for three minutes.
    3. Drain and Dry - Take the pears out of the lemon juice solution and let them dry completely.
    4. Make the Syrup - While the pears get dry, we can make the syrup to freeze it in.

      To get about 5 cups of syrup, dissolve 3 cups of sugar in 4 cups of lukewarm water.

      You could add or reduce the sugar content depending on how heavy you want the syrup to be.

      And before pouring it into the container to freeze, make sure to let it cool down completely.
    5. Portion - Divide the pears into serving sizes that you can consume at a time.
    6. Transfer and Cover - Put the pear in a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container. Then pour in the syrup over it.

      You could use the ratio of half cup of syrup for two cups of pear.

      You could change the ratio based on your preference.
    7. Seal, Label, and Freeze - Seal the Ziploc bag after removing as much excess air as you can.

      If you are using an air-tight container, make sure to leave some space at the top for expansion.

      Add a label on the container with the dates, and you are all set to freeze the pears with syrup.

Freezing Pears with Sugar

Time Taken: 15 – 20 minutes

What You Need:

  • Pears
  • Sugar
  • Jars or Freezer-Safe Airtight Containers or Ziploc Bags

Freezing pears candied in sugar is a great idea if you like to use pears in pies or cooked dishes.

Peel and Prep

Peel and core the pears, then cut them in halves, quarters or slices, as you prefer.

Sugar Coat

Sprinkle sugar on the cut pears.

You can decide how much sugar to use based on your preference.

Then let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Portion

Divide the pears into portions you could normally consume in one go.

Pack Them

Transfer the candied pears into a freezer-safe container.

Before sealing the container, take care to leave some room at the top to accommodate expansion.

Label and Freeze

After adding a label with the date on the container, you are ready to freeze the pears.

Freezing Pears in Juice or Water

Time Taken: 15 – 20 minutes

What You Need:

  • Pears
  • Boiling Water
  • Ice bath
  • Wax Paper
  • Jars or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

Yet another cool way to freeze the pears if you like cooking them.

Clean and Prep

Peel and core the pears and then cut them up in the size you prefer to use.

Blanch Them

Put the peas in boiling water and blanch them for about 2 minutes.

Then transfer them into an ice bath to stop any cooking.

Portion

Divide the pears into portions you can consume in one go.

Cool and Pack

Once the pears have cooled down, pack them into freezer-safe air-tight containers and fill them up with water or even juice if you like.

Make sure to leave some room at the top for expansion.

Seal, Label, and Freeze

After using some crumpled-up wax paper to ensure that the pears are fully immersed, seal the container and then add a date label on it.

Then you can leave it in the freezer.

Dry Freezing Pears

Time Taken: 10 – 15 minutes

What You Need:

  • Pears
  • Lemon Juice
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

If you are unsure how you will use the pear, you could always opt to dry-freeze the pears later on.

Clean and Prep

Peel and core the pears and then cut them into halves or quarters as you like.

Stop the Browning

To prevent the pears from browning, soak it in a bowl of water mixed with three tablespoons of lemon juice.

Dry and Layout

Let the pears dry completely, and then lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Make sure that they are not touching each other.

Flash Freeze

Pop the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it set.

Portion

Divide the pears into serving sizes you can easily consume in one go.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the frozen pear pieces into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and then seal it.

Try and remove as much excess air as you can before sealing the Ziploc bag.

Label and Freeze

Label the bag or container with the date on it, and then you can freeze it till you need it.

How to Freeze Pear Juice?

Time Taken: 15 – 20 minutes

What You Need:

  • Pears
  • Ziploc Bags or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

If you like to have pear juice at the ready and don’t want to waste a perfectly good batch of pears, you could always freeze pear juice.

Make Juice

Make the pear juice based on your preference. Add limited ingredients, stick to water, and maybe sugar.

This way, you can extend the freezer life of the juice.

Boil and Cool

Bring the pear juice to boil and then let it cool down to room temperature.

Portion It

Divide the juice into portions you can easily consume at a time.

Pour and Seal

Pour the juice into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal it.

In the case of the container, leave space at the top to make room for expansion.

Label and Freeze

Add a label with the date on it, and then you can leave the container or bag of juice in the freezer till you need it next.

How Long Can You Freeze Pears?

You can leave the pears in the freezer for three to twelve months, depending on which method you have used to freeze them.

Dry pears or poached pears, when frozen, can last well in the freezer for three to four months.

But the best method to use, if you are looking for long freezer life, is to freeze the pears in syrup.

It can last for a whole year in the freezer.

The pear juice can also last a year in the freezer.

How to Store Frozen Pears?

You can store frozen pears in Ziploc bags, freezer-safe air-tight containers, or even Mason jars.

When storing containers or jars, always leave room at the top since the contents can expand once frozen.

If you’re freezing big batches of pear, or even pear juice, it is best to use Ziploc bags as they can help save precious freezer space.

How to Defrost Pears?

The best way to defrost pears is to take out the portion you need and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, and let it thaw gradually.

But if you have frozen the pears dry and want to use them for juice or smoothies, you could directly use them without thawing.

Can You Refreeze Pears?

No, it is best advised not to refreeze pears.

Because of its water content, once it thaws, the pears can get mushy and brown easily.

So, it is best to consume it immediately once it thaws.

If you wish to avoid wasting the pears once it thaws, you can portion it beforehand into serving sizes you can comfortably eat in one go.

Do Pears Freeze Well?

Yes, pears freeze well.

Especially if you freeze it in syrup form, you can make it last a whole year in the freezer.

The key to great frozen pears is ensuring that pears are at just the right stage of ripeness before freezing them.

FAQs

Can you use frozen pears for smoothies?

Yes, you can use frozen pears for smoothies or any other recipe of your liking.

Can you freeze poached pears?

Yes, you can freeze poached pears, and you can follow any of the four methods mentioned above to do so.

Bottom Line

Hopefully, this article has helped you freeze and store pears and keep them at the ready for you to use all year long.

If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips of your own, it would be great to hear from you.

Feel free to share this article with your family, friends, and loved ones.

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About Pooja Jain

Pooja is a foodie who likes experimenting with different cuisines every day. Cooking for Pooja is not just about following recipes, but also adding something of herself into it making each dish unique as well as delicious!

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