Pears grown and canned in the Pacific Northwest are a versatile addition to school menus. Watch Child Nutrition Expert Chef Brenda Wattles, RDN, demonstrate easy ways to use canned pears in kid-friendly smoothies and salsas, along with some great grab & go tips. The Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service represents Bartlett pear farmers in Oregon and Washington, as well as the American companies who can the pears. Did you know that pears are ripened, peeled, cored, and cut then poached right in their cans using extra light syrup or juice as poaching liquid? Nothing else is added to the can, just like the time-honored home canning technique. PNCPS has school-formatted recipes, plus free promotion, and education materials available at

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