How to Peel a Pear


Few fruits represent the autumn harvest better than pears. Use these juicy beauties in fruit salads, baked dishes, sauces or preserve them to savor their taste all year. Because of their odd shape, pears aren't as easy to peel as apples. But a vegetable peeler or careful work with a pairing knife will make short work of preparing the pear. As with apples, the flesh will start to turn brown soon after you cut into it, so dip the pears in orange juice, apple juice or water with a squeeze of lemon to keep it looking fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Paring knife or vegetable peeler
  • Wash and dry the pear.

  • Use a paring knife to make a shallow slit in the top of the pear, near the stem.

  • Insert the paring knife into the slit and cut off the skin in a spiral, turning the pear in your hand while keeping the knife still until the entire peel comes off in a strip.

  • Turn the pear in your hand to expose an unpeeled section. Continue peeling and turning the pear until the peel is completely removed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You also can use a vegetable peeler. Holding the pear in one hand, start the peeler at the top and pull it along the side of the pear to the base to cut off a strip of the peel.

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