What Can I Cook With Asian Pears?

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Q:  I have several dozen small Asian pears. They are not the most edible things (they're kinda bitter and tasteless).

Any suggestions on what I can do so that they don't go to waste?

Sent by Jean

Editor: Jean, here's one idea for you: Use them to tenderize meat! We learned last year that Asian pears are a really excellent way to tenderize tough meat in a marinade. Here's one recipe where they are put to excellent use:

Korean Barbecued Short-Ribs

Readers, other thoughts for Jean?


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