Pear Preserves is probably my favorite preserves of all!
Every year around this time, I want to make Pear Preserves.
I don’t always get to, but thanks to my sweet sister-in law, Martha,
I did this year and I am so glad!
In fact, I plan on picking, peeling, and slicing some
more pears tonight!
I can’t wait to try it on some of these homemade biscuits!
I don’t really have a recipe, but here’s what I did…
By the time I peeled, cored, and sliced the pears I was left with 2 ice cream buckets full.
I covered the slices with sugar and put the lids on to sit overnight. I didn’t measure anything, just kept in mind that most people put 1 part sugar to 2 parts pears. My friend said her mom says 1/2 cup sugar to every 1 cup of pears but that might be too much, depending on how sweet you want them. I think I might have used 5 or so cups of sugar.
I cooked the pears about a total of 3 hours on medium high heat. About this time, they started turning amber colored and the smaller pieces were turning translucent. They liquid was similar to honey so I knew the pears were ready.
I then poured the preserves into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom and sealed with sterilized lids.
Yield: 4 pints and 2 half-pints
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