A couple of weeks ago, one of the ladies who works at the restaurant brought us quite a few pears from an old homestead of a elderly lady she looks after. She no longer gathers her pears; so, of course, we jumped at the chance to get to use what would otherwise go to waste. What a blessing!……but what on earth do I do with them?
My mom reminded me of my Granny’s pear preserves (which I barely recall) that we all apparently enjoyed when I was a kid, so that’s exactly what I did with them…
As much as I would love to share some great recipe with you, I have to be honest – I have no idea what the recipe is other than what I found in the Sure-Jell instructions. I do know that my daddy said they weren’t exactly the way he remembered my Granny’s (which meant they weren’t as good as Granny’s), so I guess it would’ve been better to have something to go by besides the pectin insert. I do know this, though: they are quite yummy to the tummy in the eyes of the people in my household…maybe not as good as Granny’s (*wink, wink* to Daddy), but we are eatin’ ’em up regularly with homemade biscuits.
4 cups of peeled and chopped pears
2 Tbs. lemon juice
5 cups of sugar
Enough water (maybe a 1/2 cup) and their own juice to make a syrup
1 box of Sure-jell (or fruit pectin of your choice)
This recipe makes about 3 pints. Wouldn’t you know, though, that we are clean out of pint jars after all the canning we’ve done this year…so ours are sitting (not-so) pretty on the shelf in quart jars. And after using all of the pears we were blessed with, we ended up with 6 quarts! Which is fine, though, because they definitely won’t last long around here.
Here’s how it all went down…
Although I hadn’t really remembered what they tasted like, pear preserves are delicious…if you’ve never tried them, add it to your bucket list!