Pears and cooling them before ripening
I picked my mature bartlett pears this morning, how long should I refrigerate them before I can start ripening them? I placed them in a second refrigerator that is set to about 35º F. After 48 hours I measured the temperature of the pears using an instant read thermometer, the temperature inside read between 40º to 47º I had them in 3 separate boxes but they are just random in the boxes at least 3 or 4 deep and covered by a double overed blanket to keep the cold air coming into the refrigerator from freezing the exposed pears. Thank you. David Poucher
Klickitat County Washington
Thanks for your question, David. As you can imagine, WSU has done a lot of research on pears, and I think you will find the answer in the very thorough Extension article: http://postharvest.tfrec.wsu.edu/rep2009b.pdf Hope this is helpful. Good luck!