Monday, August 6, 2012

I've Been Given A Bag of Hard Pears

Now what?

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!

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9 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

YUM. I've been eating a lot of fresh pears this summer. Not sure why, but I've suddenly taken a liking to them. Bet yours are going to be delicious!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I'm impressed! No waste it sounds like. All that sharing...yes...all communities should be more like that. You are blessed!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

One year a branch broke off a co-workers tree and she brought me all the little pears from it, I did exactly what you did! If you find they're still a little too hard when you open the jars just use them for baking, works great-enjoy:@)

Mamabug said...

I make pear sauce out of them; peel, core and cut into pieces then simmer them in a little water til soft, then drain. Run them through my food processor then return to a heavy saucepan, add sugar to taste and a little cinnamon, heat til boiling. Put into pint jars and process in a boiling water bath canner.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

What a wonderful story and a caring church family too. Google is amazing at helping to solve problems in an instant.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Sharing and caring for each other is definitely what it is all about! On Sat. my Dad was leaving a store and was stopped by a woman in the parking lot offering him a bag of home grown tomatoes. He was a little surprised and asked her why she was giving them to him. She said she had more than she needed and was just giving them to people. With all the mean things around us, it is heart warming to know that there are still good people in this world. It sounds like you have a church with that kind of people.--------------- Shannon

Custom Comforts said...

What a sweet gift. I love pears and they are not nearly as good from the stores as home grown. I bought some green ones from a fruit stand last week and they were the best pears I've ever had! You can always put them in a smoothie or juice them if you have a juicer. They really sweeten up any juice, especially the ones made out of veggies.
I am envious of your bag of pears - they are a real treat to me.
Cindy

~Kristin~ said...

I love the exchange between friends!
The pears in the jars look delicious!!

Nancy Claeys said...

That's awesome to be able to use these... they do look so good. I am imaging peach turnovers on a cool morning... :)

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