Saturday, August 24, 2013

Canning sliced pears

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Yesterday Tia asked me to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to can pears, so I decided to write a quick one. Maybe, somebody else will use it too. You know that I love canning, and this recipe is more proof that it's very easy and nothing to be afraid of :)

CANNED SLICED PEARS

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You will need:

6 lbs pears, ripe but not too soft
8 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 TB bottled lemon juice (plus 3-4 more)

How-to:

1. Prepare your quart size cans by sterilizing them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Sanitize lids.

2. Core, peel and cut pears. Be sure to remove all brown spots and blemishes. I really like to use a potato peeler to prepare my pears - it makes the process so much easier! Work quickly, then put them in a bowl full of cold water mixed with 3-4 TB lemon juice to prevent browning. And don't throw away all those peels. Next week I'll share another recipe with you on what I do with them :)

3. In a large pot mix water, sugar and 1 TB lemon juice and bring to boil. Be sure to use bottled lemon juice  because real lemons vary in acidity. Keep your syrup boiling while filling the jars.

4. Drain pears. Fill in jars with pears and ladle sugar syrup over it, leaving about half an inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe the rims with a clean damp rag or paper towel. Place the prepared lid and band on top, twisting it securely until fingertip-tight.

5. Process in a water bath for 20-25 minutes. When done, carefully remove from water, let cool completely (12-24 hours). Store in a cool and dry place.

And enjoy all winter long :)

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20 comments:

  1. You forgot a step or two!!! Remember to step back and enjoy the beautiful full jars, each time you see them in the panrty grin like a crazy lady!! Ha

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    1. You better believe, I do :) Every single time. My husband thinks, it's a chronic condition :)

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  2. hi lena,
    your pears looking wonderful!!just think you can open a jar of sunshine when it is cold and grey outside.make you jelly with the peels and cores?
    i look forward.
    have a wonderful sunday,
    blessings regina

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    1. I was actually thinking of making jelly but it's just way too hot for even simple canning, let alone cook jelly for hours...:)

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  3. YUM!! Those look wonderful!! :)

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  4. Lena, I just finished canning pears and then read this.... I did add some cinnamon and nutmeg to my sugar syrup.... and also made some just plain... It was my first time canning pears....Hope everything is going well...Lisa

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    1. :) I wish my kids would love them spicy. They are OK with cinnamon in apple sauce but not in pears. Go figure!

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  5. I'm interested to hear what you will be doing with the peels!

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  6. I want to know what you do with these canned pears - eat them straight out of the jars, or use them in something. My neighbor's pears are starting to fall off the tree and she told me to pick all I want, but I've never known what to do with pears, other than eat them fresh.

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    1. Oh, we totally eat them straight out of the can. Add a spoon of vanilla ice-cream, and it's yuuumy! I also dilute the juice a bit and just drink it. Kind of like you do with store-bought canned pears.

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  7. Oh my gosh, pears are the greatest fruit ever invented, I l-o-v-e them! I've never thought to can them though (doh!). Excellent share, and thank you!

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    1. I love pears too, canned and all :)

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  8. I am more interested in what you are going to do with the peels also.

    Gill in Canada

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    1. The post is coming, I promise :)

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  9. These look beautiful! I love to can too and I'm so thankful for it in the Winter :)

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  10. We are canning fall pears and they seem a bit to firm. I have heard this could be the case with fall pears. Do you have any tips to tenderize them? Maybe boil longer?
    We canned a bunch of pears a couple years back (12 cases of quarts) they were delicious. Hint adding a drop of food coloring makes them a bit more fun for the grandchildren. We favored the red (pink) and green ones!

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  11. We are canning fall pears and they seem a bit to firm. I have heard this could be the case with fall pears. Do you have any tips to tenderize them? Maybe boil longer?
    We canned a bunch of pears a couple years back (12 cases of quarts) they were delicious. Hint adding a drop of food coloring makes them a bit more fun for the grandchildren. We favored the red (pink) and green ones!

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  12. We are canning fall pears and they seem a bit to firm. I have heard this could be the case with fall pears. Do you have any tips to tenderize them? Maybe boil longer?
    We canned a bunch of pears a couple years back (12 cases of quarts) they were delicious. Hint adding a drop of food coloring makes them a bit more fun for the grandchildren. We favored the red (pink) and green ones!

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