How do you ripen pears properly?
OK, I planted a "Ure" pear tree 20 years ago, then about 5 years later I grafted on a pollinator pear variety (very sour). The tree began producing around 8 years after planting, and has been a consistent and steadily heavier producer ever since (ie, each of the past 12 years). But the pears are more of a nuisance than anything else. The Ure's taste fantastic but ripen on the tree rather mealy, so I only eat a handfull fresh each year. 99% of them fall into the grass, attract hoardes of wasps, and end up being an annual chore to pick up and toss into the composter, bah!
I've read that there are special techniques needed to properly ripen eating pears -- pick early, store in the fridge for XX days, then spin around your head while chanting mystic chants, etc.
Seriously, what do I do with these? Just another year of adding to the composter? Or does someone have a method for making Ure pears tasty and soft but not mushy or mealy?