Store at room temperature until ripe — to hasten ripening, place pears in a paper bag at room temperature.
Once ripe, place pears in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
To freeze pears: (1) Wash, core and slice pears; (2) In a saucepan, combine 2 3/4 cups sugar and 4 cups water, mix until the solution is clear, and bring to a boil; (3) Heat pears in the boiling syrup for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the size of the slices; (4) Drain and cool; (5) Place pears and syrup in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
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