Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I won the Battle!

It was a long hard fight....many times I despaired and thought I might not make it...but in the end I was victorious! My goodness, you may be asking, what was going on? Well,I will tell you ! I have been up to my elbows in pears once again! The first time I received pears it was about 10 gallons, this time it was 25 gallons of pears!!! A wonderful dilemma! The race was on to get all this wonderful bounty put up!

Texan has been canning pears too and she sent me some recipes she found.The first one I made was these whole spiced pickled pears....


I got 6 quarts of these...hmm...that didn't even make a dent in the pears! They are so pretty whole in the jar...something about them reminds me of Christmas...I don't know why.Then I made 14 quarts of pie filling!


Still got a ton of pears!!!! I made some spiced pickled pear chunks that are pictured above with the pie filling!

Oh yeah! The whole time I am running the dehydrator and dehydrating pear slices for snacks!


Then I get to the pear sauce...OH MY GOODNESS!!! I will never be able to eat apple sauce again with out comparing it to the pear sauce! It is so delicious! That's it, I decide, the rest of these babies are going to be made in to pear sauce,and that is just what I did! 3 and a half batches of pear sauce to finish them off! I put them all in various jelly jars because I thought that would make them the perfect snack sizes!



I did a dozen of these little jars too...by this time I was sticking pear sauce in any thing!!! I have 4 time the amount shown here put up!


Let me tell you all,I have a lot of jars and I ran out of jelly jars! Hubby and The Boy ran up to the store and got me 2 more boxes and I used every single jar and ended up having to put the last of it in 2 pint jars! I am thrilled to have been able to put up all this wonderful pear goodness! That being said....I am so glad to be done!!!! Days and days of peeling and canning pears.....I was even putting up pears in my sleep! Seriously, I was dreaming I was canning! I couldn't escape,those pears wanted to do me in! They just didn't know who they were up against, a woman who finds a way to can everything! I love to can,even though this was slightly exhausting, and if some one showed up at my door with another  truck load of pears or anything else for that matter, I would gladly take them! Now....it is time for Fall gardening! No rest for me I tell you! Farmer's Almanac is predicting another cold wet winter for us.....got to think about getting ready for that too!

Here is you goatie goat picture for the day!  It is Harley once again, he is looking for a treat of pear peelings!

19 comments:

LindaG said...

Harley looks so pitiful! ;)

Congratulations on beating the pears! That's great. :)

Sharon said...

OMG! That is a LOT of pears to put up! You did good Girl! Lots of tasty treats for the coming months! I hope you have a big pantry!
Harley is such a sweetie, I'll bet he really liked those pear peels!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I think baskets of your canned goodies would make great Christmas gifts.

polly's path said...

good grief, girl!
And I was about to complain that I had been buried under pears...with my little bitty five galons.
The peeling is the hardest part to me.

Kids and Canning Jars said...

Gotta love it. I did keifer and quince pears and I was wishing to find more. I need a hook up like you have. Everything looks so so so beautiful. I did pear pie filling , pear sauce and quarted pears in syrup. I live in a world of canning jars. LOOOOOVe it.

Melissa

IanH said...

How many jars of pie filling? And what time is dinner at your place? O)

Doc said...

That is a lot of pears. Mema used to do a lot of canning when the boys lived here, my favorite was tuna....yum!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh, what I wouldn't give for a bushel of pears to be dropped off here! I had to buy a small basket of them to do some pear/rosemary jam, and I paid a LOT for them! You will be so grateful during those winter months to have such wonderful preserves and sauce!

Pricilla said...

That is a funny photo.

I canned so much applesauce last year I had food mill elbow!
12 cases of quarts.
So I know how you feel.
I love pears but the hubby doesn't. I sneak some in when I make apple, plum, pear sauce. THAT is delicious.

wayside wanderer said...

Wow oh wow! That is a LOT of pears! What a lot of yummy goodness you will be enjoying this winter. Congratulations on all your hard work.

Lin said...

I've got a bunch of not-so-ripe pears from a friend. Can I use them for pear sauce or anything?? They are not ripe enough to just eat.

Teresa said...

My, that's a lot of pears. You won't have to can for a couple of years at that rate. I love the picture of Harley--very cute.

Texan said...

Rofl hey lets can some more pears! LOL Not LOL... well okay now that the worst of it is behind us... well I might be tempted to take more pears if they were offered to me ROFL...We are not right girly...

Love those itty bitty 4 oz jars!

and I soooo want Harley...he is so darn cute I would love to come pick him up and bring him home with me!!! I so wish Harrison would let me have another buck!

Tina said...

Wow, sure had a lot of work with all those pears. Amazing...good for you. I never canned a darn thing in my life. lol....can you tell I am not very domesticated. lol.

Linda said...

You did great! They sure look good!

Billie said...

my grandmother made pear syrup, she would fry day old cornbread for breakfast and pour pear syrup over it, if she did not have pear syrup she would make sugar syrup. One of my favorite memories of her along with her yeast rolls that you could smell cooking thru the neighborhood.

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

do you EVER rest/???

what would be your ideal afternoon of relaxation be?????? just wondering

Melodie said...

John,
It is hard to say,I would have to get away from this farm probably because I know there is always 101 things that need doing! I like the mountains and the cold sea so if I could get away I would go to one of those places to relax.

Jabacue said...

And John's a good one to talk!
Melodie, I am so impressed with all that you did!
Holy cow, you must have very strong wrists......now!
They all look so delicious too.
Jim