Canning pears - need good recipes!
I've got a half of the pears left from the bushel a friend gave me a few days ago. I've canned chunks in light syrup, pear preserves, and pureed pear jam this weekend.
Does anyone have some good canning recipes that I can use for the rest of these pears? I've seen some with brown sugar and spices that look good, but I want tried and true recipes - I don't want to experiment when it takes so much time to can.
I just put up another 8 jars of pear slices in light syrup, but I added a splash of almond extract to the sugar syrup after cooking it down. Can't wait to chill a jar and try a taste.
I still have another couple dozen pears to do something with pronto. They are perfectly ripe today, so I may bake a pear crisp with some of them, and make more of the pureed jam with the rest, but add the ginger/cardamom to some.
AreBe, I like the idea of the vanilla, cinnamon or ginger/cardamom. All sound wonderful. I think I will mix it up and do a few jars of each. I also like that they are not overloaded with sugar.
LNG212, I do have the Ball Blue book (that's where I got the recipes I made so far). I will look for the almond one that you like. It sounds delicious.
Thanks to all!
I hope you find the recipe. It had vanilla bean along with all the almond stuff. It's really good. And then morwen gave me the idea (in another thread which I can't find right now) to use the leftover juice/syrup after eating the fruit out of the jar to make drinks with. A little of that pear/almond/liqueur "syrup" with some seltzer water is really tasty!
We have two 'sand' pear trees in out backyard and mostly make pear butter, seasoned with vanilla, cinnamon or ginger/cardamom (our favorite).
Cook ripe pears in very little water until soft. (I add 1-2 tsp of lemon juice to keep color light.) Run pear mix through food mill, will look like applesauce.
Place pulp into large kettle. For every gallon of pulp add:
6 c. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
Being very careful not to burn, cook pulp until boiling and boil until thick enough to spread. Use a cold plate to determine if thick enough. Process in jars.