Spiced Pear Preserves

I know it’s been months since my last post. And I’m pretty sure that post started the same way.. “Ohhh it’s been forever”. I do not have an excuse this time except for Lucy. Yes her name is Lucy. Our 1975 Avion La Grande.

We camp a lot… like a lot. We had a 2010 Rockwood and we still owed money on it. I mentioned to Daniel one day about selling it and taking more of the vintage route as it has always been a dream of mine. And also get rid of some debt!

We found the perfect Avion. Still in great condition. Inside and out.

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It’s perfect for us at least. We had doubters I’m sure but we had a vision and we went with it.

Remodeling her has consumed the last 2.5 months of our lives. But we enjoyed the time we were able to spend together as a family to do it. My next post will be about our remodel so stay tuned!!

It’s pear picking season y’all. Like for real. In the past 3 days I’ve picked about 20 gallons of pears. All I have on my mind is preserves (and maybe some baby food). But I came across this Taste of Home spiced pear preserve recipe I wanted to try and decided to give it a whirl with a little tweak or two.

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Spiced Pear Preserves 

Ingredients:

8 cups pears; washed, peeled, and coarsely chopped

4 cups sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

I also added:

1 cap full vanilla (probably 1/2 teaspoon)

A dash or two of nutmeg.

I personally think you should season your preserves how you like. Don’t like cloves? Omit it. That’s what’s so nice about canning. The flavors are totally up to you and your palate. Your neighbor doesn’t like them? Great more for you 😉 hehe

Bring ingredients to a simmer and let cook for 1.5 hours.

Remove from heat and skim off foam and ladle into hot jars. Remove air bubbles (I do this with the end of my magnet that I use to get my lids put with)

Wipe rim clean and assemble with your clean warm lids.

Process in a water bath for 10 mins.

Remove from your bath to seal!

This recipe yielded 3 pint jars for me.

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And wait for the sweet sweet sound of your lids sealing. And my house seriously smells like a candle you would buy at Bath and Body Works right now.

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Happy canning!!

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