A sweet lady at church gave me a bag of hard pears from her pear tree. She said she has taken several dozens of eggs that I have brought to church and she wanted to repay me in some way.
I told her it was unnecessary but I was excited to get the pears even though, at the time, I didn't know what I would do with them!
Thank goodness for the Internet and Google!
I searched 'hard pears' and found THIS recipe for Spiced Pears. Since I wanted to can them I thought this would be perfect. Since I had all the necessary ingredients on hand, I put my apron on and got to work washing and peeling the pears.
|Hard pears soaking in water and lemon juice during peeling process|
I only had four pounds of pears but the recipe worked the same. I just didn't have as many jars at the end and had extra syrup left over.
|Pears simmering in sweet, spicy syrup|
I thoroughly enjoyed preserving these pears that were home grown and given to me as a thank you. What a blessing!
In fact, I've been blessed quite often by other church family members who have brought in goodies from their gardens. Which has been nice because even though our garden didn't do so well this year, I've still been able to put up some veggies for winter.
We eat well at our church... farm fresh eggs and home grown fruits and veggies that are shared amongst each other. Isn't that the way it oughta' be?
I sampled a piece of pear before canning 'em. Mmmmmm... so yummy!
Oh, and these jars? Also given to me by a church member who wasn't using them and wanted to get rid of them. Double blessing!
And the chickens and ducks that started this whole thing? Enjoyed the peelings and scraps from the pears, woohoo!