Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 34 ~ Canning Candied Pears with Recipe

How to Can Candied Pears with Recipe

Thrive Le-vel 60 Day Review: Day 34 ~ Canning Candied Pears with Recipe

I often don't have the energy, the knowledge or the ability to do the things that my parents and grandparents use to do. They planted, tended, harvested and canned their own fruits and vegetables. Many of those old "how to's" and recipes have been lost to time, due to a lack of written instructions, or in my grandmother's case - dementia. Those things that she had memorized and did repeatedly, are gone. All that remains are the recipes and "know how" that were passed to my parents. My goal is to share all that they pass to me with the world, in an effort that they not be forgotten, or lost forever.

Here's one of those Recipes and How To's - with my little modern day twist - that I had the energy to do, thanks to Thrive.

Canning Candied Pears
Prepare 5 Quart Jars, 5 Lids and 5 Bands; I prefer wide mouth jars for this because they are easier to pack. My twist - I prepare my jars, lids and bands in the dishwasher by running them through an entire wash cycle and using them after the completion of the hot rinse cycle. Make sure you set the dishwasher on the hot dry setting, so that the last jar you fill will be just as warm as the first.  This takes a little planning, but I usually start with the dishwasher, then begin preparing my fruit, so by the time I need the jars, they are in the drying phase or close.
Large Pot for Boiling Candies
Large Pot for Boiling Jars or a Pressure Cooker
2 Oven Mitts, Jar Tongs, or Something for handling hot jars

12 - 15 Large Pears; peeled, cored, and sliced
2 - 9 oz bags of Cinnamon Imperials
1 1/2 cups of White Vinegar
2 cups of Granulated Sugar
4 cups of Water

In a large pot, pour in the water and vinegar, allow to heat on high for 5 minutes. Next, pour in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Now, pour in the Cinnamon Candies, and stir constantly, until they have dissolved. Once all ingredients are dissolved, and mixed well, remove from heat.

Using a towel, oven mitts, or jar tongs, pull your hot jars from the dishwasher, or water bath. Tightly, pack Pear Slices into hot quart jars. Be sure to leave about 1/2" from the top of the jars vacant; you don't want to pack the jars to the top.

Next, place one packed jar in your empty sink and pour candy mixture over the pears. Fill jars to about 1/4" from the top, with the candy mixture. With a wet dish cloth, or wet paper towel, wipe off rim and band of jar, then place lid on top. Screw on band, but  Not  as tight as you can. Finish filling all jars, and using oven mitts, jar tongs, or a dish towel to pick up, place hot jars in large pot or pressure cooker. I used a pot.

In the pot, with your jars of pears, you will need to add water up to just over half way. Allow pot, with jars inside, to heat to a rolling boil. Boil jars for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Its best to leave the pot, with the jars inside, to cool for about 2 hours before moving. Within that time, the water and jars will cool, and in most cases, the lids will seal. If, after the jars have completely cooled, you have any lids that still haven't sealed, they aren't going to, and you will need to refrigerate the jars to keep its contents from spoiling.

Tighten the bands, date the top of lids, and store with your other canned goods. These are excellent for the upcoming holidays. Use as you would Spiced Apples or as a dessert item.

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