PEAR JAM AND QUARTERED PEARS

Fall is my favorite time of year. The fast pace of the summer starts to fade into the background along with the hot temperatures. The promise of cooler weather and family gatherings are right around the corner. I begin to spend more time in the kitchen making things that fill the tummy and warm the heart. Canning is one way to save some life of summer and bring it into the fall and winter.

I found myself with an abundance of pears from my husband’s grandmother’s pear tree. I decided to can them!

Canning should not scare you! It is so much fun and for a little effort you can have big rewards!

Warm Pear Jam on toast or some pears on the side of any meal. You can’t go wrong with canning and saving some of the amazing fruit God has provided us.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR JAM:

  • 4 C. Prepared Fruit (pealed, cored, and finely chopped.)
  • 2tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1pk Fruit Pectin
  • 5 C. Sugar
  • Canning jars and lids
  • Pot of boiling water for water bath

In a sauce pan bring the prepared pears and lemon juice to a boil. Add fruit pectin stir at rolling boil for 1 min. Then reduce heat and add sugar. It is as simple as that! Put heated mixture into clean jars leaving head space. Clean rim and add lids then place them in a hot water bath for 20min. Let them cool. Add your lable and make sure the top of lid is sucked down. Then there you go! You have Pear Jam! Enjoy!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR QUARTERED PEARS:

  • Light simple syrup (2 C. SUGAR TO 1 QUART WATER)
  • Heavy simple syrup (3 C. SUGAR TO 1 QUART WATER)
  • Cored and QUARTERED pears.
  • Canning jars and lids
  • Pot of boiling water for water bath

Pour water and sugar into a large pot. Bring to a boil. Add quartered pears into the boiling mixture in 1 layer. Heat pears all the way through 10 minutes. Fish them out of the mixture put them in jars. Once jars are all full ladle hot simple syrup into the jars. Clean rim and add lids then place them in a hot water bath for 20min. Let them cool. Add your lable and make sure the top of lid is sucked down. There ya go! You can also add to the jar a vanilla bean for vanilla pears or a cinnamon stick for cinnamon pears.

I hope you enjoy this simple thing that can add a warmth to your fall. You can also add a cute bow and give them as Christmas gifts. They are sure to impress!

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Very Easy Cheese Cake

1 Graham Cracker Crust

1 Pk Cream Cheese

1 Can Condensed Milk

1/3 Cup Lemon Juice

1 Tbsp Vanilla

This is one of my dads favorites… When I was a kid it was always at family get togethers. It isn’t like a baked cheese cake it is more like an icebox pie. Very yummy and very easy to make.

Blend together  the cream cheese (leave the cream cheese out at room temp to make the pie smoother), condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour into graham cracker crust. Refrigerate until it is set up (3 hours or even overnight). Then add the topping you like or eat it plain. Either way you can’t go wrong with this one!