I got a box of pears so I could make some baby food for next Summer when our newest little one wants to start tasting stuff... but I realized that pears and apples are not far behind when he will be old enough. I think I'll make him up new batches next year. That means these pears can be for us!
I am a lightly sweet kinda gal... and then I like slathering stuff with ice cream. :) These pears fit the bill perfectly! Slightly sweet with a little added ginger zing, mix with the sweetness of Alden's Organic Vanilla Ice-cream and we were in heaven!
Slightly Sweet Spiced Pears
1 box of Bosc Pears (brown skin) peeled, cored, and quartered
2 cups of sugar (organic and unbleached is what I use)
8 cups of water
2 whole nutmeg
2 Tbs vanilla extract
- Prepare the jars. This means they must be clean and VERY hot when you are packing them with the pears and syrup. I usually wash mine in a sanitizing wash in my dishwasher just before canning. Then I pull them out one by one as I fill them. If you fill cold jars with cold pears and hot syrup, you will break jars.
- Prepare the lids. I put mine in a small sauce pan and pour boiling water over them.
- Prepare the pears. As you finish cutting and peeling your pears, drop them in to a large bowl of cold water that has 4 Tbs lemon juice added to it. This will stop them from browning.
- Add to each jar:1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- Fill the hot jars with the pear quarters.
- Pour the syrup (making sure not to drop the nutmeg into the jar). Check for air pockets, and then fill to 1/2 inch below the rim.
- Wipe rims and add the lids and rings to fingertip tight.
- Place them in a waterbath canner and process at a rolling boil for 20 minutes.
- Remove from waterbath canner and allow to cool on a towel with at least 2 inches between jars.
- While you are waiting to enjoy your treat: Make pretty labels for your jars with my tutorial here.
- Make sure you have a batch with vanilla ice-cream while they are still a little warm. Cut through the ice-cream to get to the slightly sweet but amazingly flavorful pear underneath and enjoy!
Notes: 1 box of pears makes about 13 quarts of these. The 13th was what we ate for dessert that night. I highly recommend it!