Pears,Pears and more Pears!

It’s pear season! A friend down the road has a pear tree with an abundant supply and I have gone pear crazy.

I decided to start with Pear Butter.  If it works with apples why not pears.  I found some recipes and adapted them into a Red Wine Pear Butter that is delicious.  If you like pears poached in red wine you will love this.

Ingredients

5 lbs of pears
(cut into 2 in pieces, if using a food mill it is not necessary to core them,
if not using a food mill I suggest coring)
1 cup red wine
2 cups water

4 slices of orange
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean split
1/2 Tsp cardemon
1 & 1/2 cup of sugar
Dash of salt

 

1. Place cut pears, wine and water into a large pot and bring to a boil.

2.  Once boiling reduce heat to medium/low and let cook until pears are soft
(the average for me was about 1 hour.  The softer the pears the easier to put through the mill or sieve)

3.  Once pears are cooked press through the food mill or push through a sieve.
Discard any hard parts left from the pears

4.  Return pear puree to large pot and add remaining ingredients.

5.  Bring to a boil.

6.  Once boiling reduce heat to low/simmer for 1 to 2 hours depending on batch.

7.  You can test your mixture to see if it is done by placing a small amount on a chilled plate.
There should me not liquid on around the edges.

8.  If canning place finished mixture into sterilized jars and place in a water bath.
Leave in water bath 10 mins then remove and let cool completely before storing.

Hope you enjoy!

Pictures from the kitchen below.

 

 

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