Please tell me why pears are not sold as preserves, jam or any other form of spread in the grocery store.
Steward from Ellicott City, Md
I have wondered the same thing, lol. I remember as a child my grandmother used to make pickled pears, preserves, and some kind of relish that I would give anything to taste again.
I don't know why not either. My Dad made a pear jam batch that didn't fully set, and it made the finest pancake syrup ever. Crystal clear and beautiful.
I don't know about preserves, but I have posted sugar free jelly so here is the recipe.
Take one 12 oz. can frozen UNsweetened fruit juice concentrate. It has to be no pulp, so apple, grape, cranberry, and yes, pear. Pour into pan with NO WATER!!
Heat it to medium and pour in and stir one package of SLIM SET, sugar free pectin.
Pour into sterile jars and seal, water bathing 10 minutes at 160 degrees.
You will love it!
My aunt used to make a pear honey that was delicious. It did NOT have any honey in it. I have misplaced my recipe but I know this. Mother always said, in making jellies, preserves, jams, breakfast food, use 1 cup fruit to 1 cup granulated white sugar. (Adjust sugar to taste) Wash pears, peel, core and cut up small or grind in food processor, use small amount water to start boiling, continue until fruit is thick. Stir constantly to prevent sticking. If possible, use an aluminum pan as it does not stick or scorch as quick as stainless steel. The Farmers Markets around here sell them from time to time. Really good!
oredwine1933, Fort Worth TX
I think that it's because most people don't have pear trees, and it's just not as common. The main one I can think of is pear honey--it's kind of resembles apple butter, except there isn't much added sugar. If you don't cook it down too much, you get a pear sauce that's kind of like applesauce. I'm sure you can find lots of recipes for it on the net. I've made a wonderful pear nectar (juice) a long time ago. Other than that, I've just canned them plain, juiced them, or thrown them into smoothies.
I bought a house in rural North Carolina. We have a pear tree 50' from our back door. It looks terrible and when we moved in my wife said it was an eyesore wanted me to cut it down and I almost did. But luckily, I didn't get around to it before it bore fruit. The pears were awesome, large and sweet!
One day an elderly man stopped by the house and said his family used to live here, and wanted to look around. When he saw the old tree, he couldn't believe his eyes. He said that his family moved here in 1934, and when his dad took one look at that old pear tree he said it was in such bad shape that he didn't expect it to live another year. That was 74 years ago and it still bears great fruit! We enjoy the fresh fruit and make preserves from them to enjoy all year through. Pear trees are not very attractive after they get old, but the fruit that we enjoy from them is priceless.
My husband's old "home place" also in rural NC has a very old pear tree (probably 75 ys. old). Many times talked about cutting it down but this year it has been most fruitful! I have prepared pears as many ways as "Forrest Gump" prepared shrimp! One of my favorite of family and friends. Blushing Pear Preserves. This can be eaten with EVERYTHING even good on ice cream! Can't beat those CAROLINA Pears!
You can make delicious pear butter (similar to apple butter) without using any sugar. Peal and core ripe pears then puree in a food processor. Cook in an uncovered crock pot on high until thick. Stir occasionally. It will probably take 6 or 7 hours. Can in a hot water bath canner.
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