So, do you remember this big bag of pears I found last week?? They were finally ready this week. Grandma was kind enough to write down several recipes for using them--including the pear honey that Cindy had mentioned last week--and I was chomping at the bit to try them out. Now, I know that you guys think I have totally lost my marbles to be excited about spending all that time in my kitchen--but I LOVE it!! And never to cease to amaze myself as to how excited a few little jars of some pretty sparkling colors can make me feel.
The pear honey had the consistency of very fine applesauce and was a beautiful honey-color!
1 lime, zested and juiced
5 cups sugar
Put the diced pears through a food processor or a food chopper, to create pulp the consistency of applesauce. Combine the pears, pineapple and the zest and juice from one lime in a stock pot. Add the sugar, mixing well. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into hot jars and process in waterbath canner for 10 minutes. Makes the equivalent of 9 8 oz (half-pint jars)
|I put my jars in the microwave after rinsing them off and turned it on for a minute or two to warm them up--I don't know if this is "acceptable" in the perfect canner's world, but it has worked for me so far.|
The next recipe is a second type of pear honey. I never could decide which one I preferred, though my guys preferred the first recipe with the crushed pineapple. This one has a whole lemon in it, rind and all, and I thought that gave it a cleaner, crisper citrus-y taste. If anyone gets ambitious and tries any of these recipes, I would love to know what you thought. My comment settings will email me anytime a comment is left when the post is older than a week--so I will be able to read old comments and I would love anyone's input!!
Pear Honey Preserves
4 cups peeled and chopped pears
3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 ground lemon
I liked the consistency I got from the pears after they went through the food grinder, so I course chopped the 4 cups of pears and ran them through the food grinder, followed by the whole, washed lemon. Combine the ingredients and boil, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Pour into jars and process them in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Yields: five 8 oz jars
|I make all different sizes, to suit different purposes. I made a few pint jars for us, some tall, skinny 12 oz jars, lots of 1/2 pint jars and then some little 4 oz jars--which go great in gift baskets!|
I am not much of a marmalade lover--but this last recipe was just enough different from the others, that I thought it sounded interesting and HAD to try it with the final pears. I absolutely adored the citrus-y sweet flavor it had--and just finished a couple pieces of toast slathered in it!! Don't let the lengthy instructions disuade you from trying it--it actually only took me about 1 1/2 hours--with lots of time to tinker around in the kitchen while waiting on stuff!
9 cups diced pears, peeled and cored (I--actually Devin and Camille--sent mine through the kitchen aid food processor to get a pretty fine chop)
2 cups drained crushed pineapple (about 2 15 oz cans)
4 Tbsp lemon juice
Remove peel from the oranges. Add 1 qt of water to the peels and boil them for 5 minutes. Drain water, discard, and add another quart of water to the peels. Boil it for 5 minutes (I already had the second batch of water hot in the microwave by the time the first batch was ready to drain). Drain and discard this water too. Now grind the orange peel and orange through the food processor. Add the pears and pineapple. Add half as much sugar as you have fruit mixture. I had about 16 cups of fruit, so I added 8 cups of sugar. Next add lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook until thick, around 40-60 minutes--you will know-the consistency will look like orange marmalade you buy in the store. Don't forget to stir it some. Pour into hot jars and water bath for 10 minutes. Yield about 19 half pints
Just so you know, I am raising more Betty Crocker's to follow in my footsteps--she cooked yesterday afternoon in her Kitchen, right in the middle of my kitchen--She is presently adding vanilla to her ice cream that she is sauteing in the skillet!! Today I wasn't so lucky--both she and Devin thought they needed to help out by running the food processor-actually they did quite well!! Next week I will teach them to exercise off all these extra calories from homemade biscuits and lots of jam!!
And laugh as you may--I seem to collect extra produce like other people collect stray cats--I ended up with a bushel of apples in a feed sack on my back porch Tuesday--so NEXT week--homemade applesauce--hurry up winter, I'm running out of energy--and freezer space! Cheers!