Monday, July 29, 2013

Canning Pears

slow cooker pear butter
Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter
I spent my morning canning pears that I bought on sale at Sprouts this weekend. Canning pears is incredibly simple. I make pear butter and apple butter in my Crock pot to ensure the best flavor. Here is the recipe.

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter
Fresh Pears (Enough to fill the Crock pot)
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Cup Florida Crystals
Peel and quarter pears and put them in the Crock pot; add spices and sugar and give a good stir. Cook on low for about a day. I cook the pears until I can easily mash them and then I cook them until the butter is thick like butter. Next I sterilize my canning jars in water and fill the jars with the pear butter. I process the filled jars for 10 minutes. This butter makes the house smell so yummy we can hardly stand it.
canned pears
Home Canned Pears
Canned sliced pears are also very popular at our house. They take a bit more preparation but they are worth the work. I start by sterilizing my jars and making my syrup on the stove. For my syrup I mix three cups water with three teaspoons Fruit Fresh and 1/2 cup Florida Crystals. You will want to judge the Florida Crystals by taste, we like light syrup and for a more natural alternative you can use fresh lemon juice instead of Fruit Fresh. I bring the liquid to a boil and cook it until the sugar is dissolved. Now working with a few pears at a time I peel and quarter the pears and stuff them in the jars making sure to fill each jar with the hot syrup in a timely manner so the fruit doesn't turn brown. Finally I process the filled jars in a hot water bath of boiling water for 20 minutes.

You may also want to read Getting Started with Home Canning.

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