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!