So, lets can some fresh fruit. You need a canner:
Some utensils: Jar lifter, measuring cups, paring knife, bowl, and -
Jars with lids,
and, of course, Pears.
LOTS of pears.
First, fill the canner with water, it takes a long time to heat.
Put the lids in a pan and heat to simmer.
That sterilizes the lids. To sterilize the jars, put them in the canner (when the water gets hot and simmering) for about 10 minutes, then put them on a clean towel. Don't burn yourself!
Then make a sugar syrup and heat it to simmer. Now, and only now, peel, core and slice the pears. Keep them from turning with lemon juice or Fruit Fresh.
Put the pears in the syrup (all at once) and cook for ten minutes.
(NOTE: If you don't use a deep enough pan, the sugar syrup will boil over and cause a fire on the top of the stove. When this happens, snatch the lid of the canner off and drop it over the fire, smothering it.Turn off the burners. Turn on stove fan. Open windows and front door. Then spend 1-1/4 hours scraping soot and hardened, sticky syrup off the stove top. Start over.)
Where were we? OK. Fill jars. Add lids and screw rings.
Pop 'em in the canner. Don't burn yourself. See the steam??
The recipe will give the processing time. Take them out.
Don't burn yourself!
You will hear them pop as they seal. Cool for 12 hours, then press on the tops.
If they don't move or click, they have sealed. Line them up all pretty
on your shelves. Think about how yummy they will be in January!
I made spiced peach jam today too. I'll tell you about that sometime.