Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Preserving pears

Bought some wonderful "Sensation" Pears at the market for $1.00 the kilo. How could I resist? My first thought was, 'preserved pears!' There were other varieties as well and as I just love pears, we came back laden with bags of pears. Good thing we have a second fridge in the shed.

Peel and core pears. Don't discard the peels and cores, but put them in a big pot to make syrup later. Thank you for this tip, Joy! I really loved the syrup.

Pack jars with pears.
Add water and sugar to pot and bring to boil. My ratio for a medium syrup is 2 cups of water to 1 cup of sugar. This syrup was made with 9 cups of water and 4 1/2 cups of sugar. I made that much as I intend to preserve another batch of pears tomorrow.
Once the sugar has dissolved and the syrup tastes heavenly (of pears), strain liquid.

Add syrup to jars.

Put ring around top, add lid and clamp. Place in preserving kit. Fill with water.Can't wait to eat these pears!


Kate said...

How timely. I jus got home from my mother's where I picked the last basket of pears and that, together with the first pears off my tree will make a couple of batches of bottled fruit for winter. I often use a citrus syrup that we love - very easy to make and fabulous for pears and also peaches (which I bottled a while back). Nice to have you around, in the hills, and thsnks for the suggestion with the tiny capsicums. Please join us for a seedsavers gathering one day.

Veggie Gnome said...

Have fun with your pears! Bottled fruit is just brilliant. I had a look at your citrus syrup - it sounds great!
Would love to join you for a seedsavers gathering one day (I am a member of Seedsavers, too) but unfortunately can't often get away on a weekday (paid work has priority, unfortunately).