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Saving the Bounty #2: Pear Sauce

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Blog entry by justjoel posted 204 days ago 324 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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justjoel

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posted 204 days ago

Well, not that I need this, but this is a nice service that is being offered here in Reno, and something to think about if you are indeed using a pressure canner.

http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2013/cooperative-extension-offering-pressure-canner-testing

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 203 days ago

Your pear preserves look delicious, Justjoel. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 201 days ago

YUMMY !!!!

do the pear test next year … lift the pear to a horizontal position, if it breaks off then the pears are ready for harvesting. So easy and no guess work.

pressure canner: that’s a wonderful service. Love my All American canner – with the weight “thingy” you don’t rely on the gauge and there are no seals to break down. I’d still take it to be checked though if that option was available.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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