How Long Do Pears Last?

How long do pears last? Whole pears can last 5-12 days if stored according our suggestions. The shelf life of pears depends when the pears were picked and how they are stored.

Pears are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste, ease of eating with no need to peel, small waste production and high vitamin content. Fresh pears come in several different varieties including the popular Anjou, Bosc, Comice and Bartlett varieties. The skin of the pear can range from yellow to brown to green and even red.

Avoid any fresh fruit with broken skin or bruises. Pears ripen after being picked, so don't be afraid to purchase unripe or firm pears to ripen at home. Choose Bartlett and Bosc pears to eat that give slightly when gently pressed, but beware that most pears bruise very easily. Anjou and Comice pears are eaten when firmer and slightly crunchy, but are usually sliced thin because of this. Bartlett pears are generally the most delicate, so transport them carefully and finish them sooner than other varieties. Anjou pears are generally tougher so are often sold in plastic bags and can take days to properly ripen on the counter.

So, how long do pears last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh pears past their picked or purchased date is approximately ...

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Pears Expiration Date

Counter Refrigerator Freezer
Pears (Whole) last for 3-4 Days 5-12 Days --
Pears (Cut) last for 1 Days 1-3 Days 6-9 Months
Pears (Previously canned) last for -- 5-7 Days --

Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, peaches, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased or date picked.

How to tell if Pears are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

Some common traits of bad pears are multiple brown bruises or blemishes on the skin. If you touch the pear and your thumb pierces the skin, that's not a good sign. Sometimes, you won't know the pear is bad until cutting it open and finding the center very soft and brown.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Pears to extend their shelf life?

Ripe pears do not last very long on the counter or pantry and will keep much longer if stored in the refrigerator. They can be stored in a plastic bag or other container. If the pears are cut, they should be wrapped tightly to limit air exposure.

If your pears are not yet ripe, they will ripen nicely if placed inside a paper bag and left on the counter for 1-5 days. Be sure to check the bag daily when ripening because pears, especially the Bartlett variety, will ripen quickly and then become over-ripe and spoiled even quicker. Do not wash or remove those tiny produce stickers (they will tear the skin, allowing it to spoil faster) until ready to eat. Remember, once pears are ripe they will remain fresh longer if stored in the refrigerator.

Freezing is not recommended for pears.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long are Pears good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do pears last? That depends. How long do apples last? In general, foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish with which they are mixed.

What are our shelf life resources?

In determining how long Pears lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Pears.

*An important note about expiration dates...

Although the Pears shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!

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