Cut pears gently from the trees, because those that have fallen to the ground are not suitable for preserving. Arrange them with care in a small basket.
- Store on ice in small, tinned copper saucepans with lids. Every 2 weeks, wipe off both the pears and the interior of the saucepan. Do not remove them from the ice house.
- If you have a large quantity of pears, pack them in kegs with tight-fitting lids and bury them in ice. During freezing weather, set them at the bottom of the ice house to prevent them from freezing.
- Lay out pears on clean, dry shelves in a cold, dry place so that the pears do not touch each other. Frequently wipe them dry with a towel.
- Pears may be laid out on shelves covered with very dry straw, which should be changed if it becomes moist.