Gelatin is an emulsifying agent like eggs, cornstarch, or corn syrup – keeping large crystals from forming during the freezing process. To make icy fruit treats, mix one of these agents with chopped or mashed fruit, and shaved ice and keep in the freezer for no more than 3 hours.
When using pears in short cake, either fresh or canned pears may be used and should be chilled before use.
The body of a green pear is hard or very firm. They are good for baking, cooking, stewing, canning, etc. , but not ready for eating fresh or using in salads. The color of a ripe pear usually turns from green to yellow. The body of a ripe pear is tender and yielding. When ripe, pears are best chilled before serving.