Your “you brought store bought…” cracked me up. This pear recipe is in the canner right now and I know they are going to be delicious, because I tasted them! I got some merlot and seckle pears on sale. I see most–but not all–people peel them. Make a simple syrup by mixing sugar and 5 cups of water in a large stainless steel pot. I picked them off a neighbors tree and they are very small, 3-1/4″ circumference and are not at all juicy. Peel, half and core the pears. I love hearing from you! Scrub your pears very well in hot water; set them aside to dry. ( Log Out /  Process quart jars for 25 minutes if your altitude is 0-1,000 ft., 30 minutes from 1,000-3,000 ft., 35 minutes from 3,000 to 6,000 ft., and 40 minutes above 6,000 ft. (What about on top of Mt. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. (Yes I am like Gwynneth.). If you don't hear back from me right away, it's not that I don't care, it's that I can't get online. We prefer an extra light... 2. I used a local dolcetto for the wine. Not sure that I have enough of the pears to justify canning – not that I even have a canning set up. Bring boiling water canner to a boil. Going to give it a try even though I bought the “wrong” wine. Canning Syrup for Pears ~ Pears may be canned in a variety of liquids, including plain water or fruit juices (apple, pear, or grape). I live in southwest Colorado where things only survive if they don’t need water. Simmer for five minutes, then remove the bay leaf and turn the heat to very low. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This recipe calls for seckel pears, a variety much smaller that the typical barlett or d’anjou, so they make the perfect little spoonful of something sweet. Gently toss in a bowl with 1/4 c. lemon juice to prevent browning. Your email address will not be published. Sterilize jars and lids. (It’s horrible but true, depending on who you’re talking to… “You brought store bought pumpkin pie? Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. ( Log Out /  More to come! Transfer the prepared pears to the pot with the red wine syrup and gently simmer them for five minutes. Directions. I have a bumper crop of seckel pears this year and I tried your recipe. 6 pints put up! I love how earthy and rustic they are, and I always want to put them with things like cardamom, goat cheese and red wine. I was thinking of going plain, but this is mighty tempting. The answer: I have no idea). 1. 4 c. spring water (or filtered tap water). Create a free website or blog at Ladle the red wine syrup to cover the pears, leaving 1/2″ head space. They’ll be the perfect thing to have stashed away for the holidays in case I want to need something ridiculously fancy to impress guests. Really, all it entails is canning some pears, but I’ve switched out some of the water for zinfandel and added a few spices. laura- that’s great! Add two cinnamon sticks and the 1/2 TBS vanilla extract to the simple syrup. Do you raise your own pears and are they available at farmer’s markets, etc.? We grow Asian pears in our back yard. The first time I’d heard of Seckle pears was in Williamsburg, Va a couple of weeks ago. (an example from her blog: “As a home cook, one of the best things I’ve ever done was to build a wood burning oven in the back yard.”  Great, thanks for the tip, Gwyneth). You could flesh this out into a really nice cheese course by adding some manchego and a few pieces of dark chocolate. [column-half-1] [/column-half-1] [column-half-2] [/column-half-2] Sterilize the jars: You will need a large, deep stockpot (or a canning pot) to sterilize and process the jars in. I am trying to decide what to do with the seckels I picked up at the farmers’ market last weekend. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Half and remove seeds. Most people choose to can pears in a syrup of some kind, and I'd recommend canning in an extra light syrup that uses 10 1/2 cups water and 1 1/4 cup sugar for a 7-quart canner batch. have fun! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Using this recipe gave the pears a lot more flavor and I’m anxious to serve them for dessert. They look wonderfully delicious. Thanks for this. For the rest of us that aren’t rolling around in piles of money, this project is equally fancy and only costs about $15.