Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Canned Pears

Pears are in season here in Ontario so I spent some time canning them to enjoy later during the winter months.  Canning is not hard, but it does take some time.  It is time well spent, though, and you will thank yourself in February when you are feasting on the succulent fruits of the summer.  

- 10-12 lbs pears = 4 1L (1 quart) jars
- sugar
- water
- lemon juice

First, get your jars sterilized (or sterilizing) in boiling water or the dishwasher.  Since you will need to process the pears in boiling water, it makes sense to sterilize them first in your canning pot.  

Then, you need to make some syrup for the pears.  Light or medium syrups are perfect for pears.  Combine the sugar and water, bring to bubbling, then keep warm over low heat while you prepare the pears (i.e. don't let it boil down).
LIGHT = 2.25 cups sugar + 5.25 cups water
MEDIUM = 3.25 cups sugar + 5 cups water
Peel the pears and remove stem and blossom ends.  
Halve pears and remove seeds with a small spoon.  Place pears in a solution of 4 cups water + 1/4 cup lemon juice to keep from browning.  Bring the syrup to near bubbling over medium heat.
When syrup is hot (bot not boiling), place one layer of pears into the pot.  Reduce heat to medium-lo.  The idea here is to warm to pears for about 5 mins, not boil them.  You want the syrup to replace the air in the pears while still maintaining the fruit's integrity.  You will notice that the pears will slowly bubble when they first go into the syrup, like they are being deep fried.  Generally, when the bubbles slow down/stop, you are ready to can them.
 I like to use a funnel like you see above to transfer the fruit into the jars.  Working in batches, fill your sterilized jars with fruit, removing each batch of pears from the syrup with a slotted spoon.  Make sure there are not any air bubbles trapped in the fruit's cavities.
When you have four jars filled (or however many you can fit in your canning pot), fill each jar with syrup, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace.  Top with lids and rings adjusted finger tight.
 Your jars must be submerged in the boiling water for processing.  Cover with a lid and boil for 25 minutes.  Then, remove from the heat and remove the lid.  Let the jars stand in the hot water for 5 mins, then remove and let cool.  Done!


vanyelmoon said...

Ooh they look so good! I wish we had pears here in Florida. I try to only eat local so I get mostly tropical fruit and citrus. Thanks for sharing :)

curavera said...

Will I be able to preserve any fruit with these steps?

Miss Siglin said...

What a timely post! I'll be canning pears this weekend, picked from the tree right outside my apt :)

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Chris the Juicer said...

I am just getting started with the vegan thing. My mom has been doing it for five years and it cured her rheumatoid arthritis. I am really trying to make a difference in my life with my diet because I am diabetic. I am currently doing a 60 day juice fast where I eat nothing but raw fruits and veggies blended up. I am actually doing somewhat of a documentary on it on my blog. My question for you is what are some tips that you would give to someone that is just starting out on the vegan lifestyle? Recipes you recommend? Good books on it? I just really want to do this right!

Talisma said...

Thanks for the recipe. I can smell them from here :)

Tamara said...

Hi there,

I always read your blog but don't know if I've ever commented. I didn't realize you lived in Ontario. Whereabouts? My husband is from Hull, Quebec (just across the bridge from Ottawa). We always eat at The Table when we visit. Do you know it?

EverydayTastiness said...

thanks for this post! I was just looking how I could can (jar) fruit.

omgoshimvegan said...

These pears look great. I spent last weekend making jams but have always been a bit nervous to expand my canning experience. I just might have to give these a go. Thanks for the tip.

CraftyEarthMama said...

Pears are my fav! I hope to do some canning soon, I'm going to try this!

veggiegrl said...

I can pears every year with my mother, and one thing that is super yummy and much healthier (because there is absolutely no sugar) is to steam the pears and then mill them to make pear sauce. :)