Can you eat an overripe pear?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Can you eat an overripe pear?” and tell you how long pears last. We will also discuss how to tell if pears have gone bad and how to properly store them. We will also list down some uses of overripe pears. 

Can you eat an overripe pear?

Yes, you can eat an overripe pear but in cooked recipes. It is not advisable to eat overripe pears when they are raw. Overripe pears are too mushy so they would not be enjoyable to eat raw. 

You can use overripe pears to make purees, sauces and desserts.

How to tell if a pear has gone bad?

You can tell if a pear has gone bad by looking for the following signs of spoilage.

  • If the pear is overly mushy then it has gone bad. You can test this by squeezing it a little.
  • Inspect the skin for any wrinkling, bruises or discoloration. If any of these are present then the pear has gone bad.
  • If there is liquid oozing out of it then it has been spoiled.
  • Also look for mold because mold can grow on overripe pears.
  • If it smells rotten then it has obviously gone bad.

How long do pears last?

The shelf life of pears depends upon how you store them and whether they are ripe or not. Pears are usually harvested when they are a little unripe. If you have bought unripe pears then they will take 1 to 7 days to ripen.

Once they are ripe, they can last for about 3 to 4 days when stored on the countertop or in the pantry. They can last for 5 to 10 days when kept in the fridge. You can also keep the unripe pears in the fridge if you wish to extend their shelf life. The cooler temperature inside the fridge will slow down the ripening process.

Diced or cut up pears last for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container or ziploc bag. 

How to properly store pears?

If you have bought slightly unripe pears then store them in a fruit basket on the countertop or in the pantry until they are ripe. You can also place them inside a paper bag to speed up the ripening process. Another way to speed up the ripening process is by placing other fruits like apples and bananas with them inside the paper bag.

The paper bag traps the ethylene gas produced by these fruits which is responsible for ripening. 

Once they are ripe, you can continue storing them at room temperature but storing them inside the fridge will extend their shelf life. 

Cut up or diced pears should be placed inside an airtight container or a ziploc bag and then stored in the fridge. 

What can you do with overripe pears?

There is a lot that you can do with overripe pears before they go bad so that you do not have to waste them and throw them out. 

You can freeze overripe pears so that they do not go bad. You can cut them up and then freeze them on a baking tray. Once they are frozen, you can transfer them into a ziploc bag then store them back again in the freezer. 

You can also use them to make desserts such as muffins, pies, cakes and jams. Overripe pears are very sweet so it is best to use them for desserts for their sweetness.

You can also use overripe pears to make smoothies. 

However, always check for signs of spoilage listed above before using your overripe pears. You can also cut out the overly mushy parts of overripe pears and enjoy the rest of the fruit. 

Find out more about what you can do with overripe pears here

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you eat an overripe pear?” and told you how long pears last. We also discussed how to tell if pears have gone bad and how to properly store them. We also listed down some uses of overripe pears. 

Citations

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https://everythingwhat.com/are-overripe-pears-safe-to-eat
https://foodsguy.com/what-to-do-with-overripe-pears/
https://www.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/in-season/2011/10/how-can-you-tell-if-a-pear-is-ripe
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