October 23, 2008

Homemade Pear Sauce: Canning . . Almost

Well, I got ambitious today. We have an Anjou pear tree and have an abundant crop this year. So I thought I'd try to make some pear sauce. There is a great website called PickYourOwn.org that has some wonderful canning recipes. As it turned out, I thought I would have too many pears for my jars, so I only peeled half of the box, and after I cooked the pears, ended up with 1 quart! So I didn't can any, but put it in the refrigerator to eat later. I did drain the water off the pears after I cooked them, and have pear juice too. Yum! It took me about an hour, since I did not use the canner.

1. Wash the pears in cold water.



2. Peal and slice the pears, removing all skin and brown spots.



3. Add 1 inch of water to pan, put on lid, and bring to boil.



4. Reduce heat until soft, and mash with potato masher.



5. Drain into colander.



6. Return to pan, continue mashing and add cinnamon to taste. Yum!

(Put in blender for smoother texture, but I like it chunky.)

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