Well I finally did something with all those pears my trees produce, though it is nothing in comparison to how many fall from the tree. If I were retired or home all of the time I’d be able to capitalize on them much better, but alas I must work still.
Unlike MsDeb I was did not find inner tranquility whilst pealing the pears, but mine were largely wind-fall, so I had to dodge the bruises and bugs here and there, so likely pealed twice as many as she did to get the same amount of usable fruit, though I imagine she did many more overall than I did.
The recipe from the internet was quite simple, only five ingredients if you count the water (plus pears, sugar, lemon juice, & cinnamon). It called for 1 to 1 1/2 cups of sugar for making 4 pints – I made 7 pints and used about 1/4 cup, at most. My insertion wand mixer thingy came in real handy to get the cooked pears to the proper consistency – but if you ever use one, be careful not to pull it out of the liquid while it is still spinning – I barely did and nearly burnt my arm from a glob of flying hot pear sauce (sounds like a good name for a new Punk band).
It turned out quite nice – my children requested it in their lunches the next day, and a friend of ours who is looking after two foster children infants took a jar as well. I hope I can get in another batch before the season is out.
-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell