Peeling Pears

In the category labeled “I don’t have this…” well… there would be many, many things.  But there is something I’ve been wanting for a very long time, and today is the day I shall push the little “add to shopping cart” button and make it my own.  It’s an old-fashioned apple peeler.

For the past five or six years I’ve been saying that I want to get one.  I found this one on Cabelas.com a few weeks ago, but put it in the back of my mind.  When my dad showed up with a five gallon bucket of pears from his tree last night, I decided it was high time I owned one.

I’m excited for it to arrive.  Hopefully it will get here soon enough to help me out with all these pears.  If not, it will be here in time for apple cobblers this fall.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Check it out at Cabela’s.  Just type in “apple peeler/slicer” in the search box, and you’ll go right to it.


7 Responses to “Peeling Pears”

  1. Silas Shotwell says:

    They don’t work as well on pears, since pears are softer. Having lived in a pear orchard for 14 years, surrounded by at least six varieties, I have to say I never really found a way to peel them except with a knife. You know how to ripen pears in a paper bag, I assume. Pears are great, but most people don’t know how to ripen and enjoy them. Even the big growers in Oregon and Washington say, “No one ever goes to the grocery store to buy pears.” My favorite type is Comice, even better than Bartletts. But both are fairly soft when ripe, and not easy to peel with apple peelers.

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks Silas! These pears are still very hard, and I’m hoping the gadget gets here before they get much softer. If not… then indeed.. with the knife.

    I have this recipe for raspberry pear cobbler, and I’m hoping to get some stored back in the freezer for that special treat throughout the fall.

    And I’ve never made pear preserves, but that’s my hope too. My sister has this great “pear lime preserves” recipe, and it makes my mouth water just to type those words. =)

  3. Kim says:

    Oh yes!! — Please make some pear-lime preserves! I’ll take a jar for Chrismas, please. Also, some sticky pears. 🙂

  4. Betty Williamson says:

    Will you post your pear lime preserves recipe? That sounds wonderful, and I’d love to give that one a try!

  5. Sandy says:

    Betty, you read my mind… I will most definitely be posting that recipe!

  6. carolyn says:

    I always see these beautiful poached pear recipes, but they say first peel the pear. How do they get theirs so smooth and perfect. Pears don’t peel easy. Can you poach in hot water for a short time and remove the skins like you do tomatoes? And then poach the pears for the wonderful recipe?

  7. Sandy says:

    Carolyn, I’m no expert on pears! Mine were fairly firm when I started, so they peeled as easily as apples. Your idea of poaching them sounds really good to me! Best wishes with it!!

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