Yesterday, my neighbour C and I canned pears using the pears from my old house pear tree and from her boyfriends tree.
I’d never canned, well, anything before. I’ve been canned (har har har) before, but ya. C is relatively new to canning as well. It was a fun experience, a bit of effort but totally worth it.
Obviously, you need pears to do this. A lot of them. And sealable mason jars as well. You have to peel all the pears and sterilize the jars and lids. That’s a tad time consuming, but ya.
Then you bring 8 cups of water, 1 and a half cups of sugar, and cinnamon (as much as you desire — we used A LOT) to a boil and add the peeled and cut pears. Let them boil for 5 minutes, then put them into the jars. Stuff as many as you can in, then fill with the liquid (not to the top, just to where the rim begins…if that makes sense).
To seal the jars, submerge in boiling water for 20 minutes and wait until you hear a pop. Sometimes it happens right away, sometimes overnight. You’ll know it’s sealed when you go to press down on the top of the lid and it doesn’t push then it’s sealed.
I think we did pretty well. We made 25 cans in total, we split it and both took 12 each and have 1 to C’s friend who helped peel and cut pears and entertain Archer for me.
I’ll definitely be canning more in the near future! I’d love to do apple sauce next. You can never have too much apple sauce! I’d also like to can some tomatoes and whatever else is in my garden.
Next year, my canning endeavours will be more profitable, as we are going to add more veggies to our garden. More peppers, more onions, more and different kinds of tomatoes, herbs, and so on and so forth. The list is endless!