I got a call yesterday from H’s son-in-law to go out to a super-secret location and pick pears. We didn’t have to do much picking–the hard freeze dropped them all to the ground. Still, they were in great shape, and I ended up with somewhere between thirty and forty pounds of them, by my hefting estimate.
I’ll be distributing a few to various friends and folks that have so generously shared their own produce with me, and will likely do a combination of canning and freezing with the rest.
I remember one year my parents did these amazing pears with some sort of wine sauce or syrup. I was pretty young, and it felt pretty cool to be allowed such a “classy” treat (there was very little alcohol left in them after the processing).
In consulting my various canning books–Putting Food By and the Ball Blue Book, it looks like there are all kinds of tasty possibilities–not all of which call for massive amounts of sugar. I have my eye especially on pears canned with cinnamon and apple juice and the pears in almond liqueur from the Blue Book. ‘Cause, as I’ve said before, there’s nothing better than boozy fruit!
I’m not planning on cellaring too many of these because they did drop from the tree, so I don’t want them to end up rotting from the inside as pears that drop will often do.
So, I’ll need some good ideas. Any fantastic pear recipes out there you’d be willing to share?