Wednesday

Pears -- Which One?

Hhmmmm....which one should I pull for my fair entry?

     It's a no-brainer.  The one on the left has "floating fruit".  The pears didn't get packed tight enough. 
Which is a hard thing to do with such a soft fruit.  The one on the right I do believe is a blue ribbon! 1/2 inch headspace and no floating fruit, lol!, we'll see what the judge says. 

     I canned 7 pints of organic pears and only 2 were fair worthy.  The others all had floating fruit.  As far as safety and quality, there is no difference in the two jars.  If you're not entering it in a contest, don't worry about a thing -- put it in your pantry.

     When canning pears, don't wait until they are really soft.  Just starting to ripen, maybe on the firmer side is best.  You do cook them for 5 - 6 minutes to get them hot before packing, and then you still have the processing time.  I followed the directions in the Ball canning book. 

     Peeling pears -- no fun.  Worth it -- absolutely!


.....dr momi



9 comments:

Candy C. said...

Looks like a blue ribbon entry to me! :)

TexWisGirl said...

i think you can can! :)

Mama Pea said...

Your pears are beautiful . . . floating or not. When we lived in Illinois we had a wonderful pear tree and I canned them each year until I could can no more! Even my husband, who has never much cared for pears, liked them as a nice, light dessert.

dr momi said...

Ha...thanks Candy and Tex!

Mama Pea...no pear tree in Minnisota? I just learned to love pears these last few years. I have two pears growing in the orchard -- no pears yet.

Heidi said...

The jar on the right looks like it should be in a magazine, just perfect. Looks too good to eat.

Mama Pea said...

We bought and planted two pear trees years ago. One died and we have never gotten around to replacing it so although the remaining one is lovely to look at . . . no pears. :o( We've really got to rectify that situation.

Lynn said...

Good luck with your fair entry! I've been canning pears for years but never knew you should do it when they were still firm. Interesting.

Creations by Dina said...

I love pears. I will can them this fall when we can get them from friends trees and the local orchards. Good luck with your fair entry. I have been putting dcanned goods aside as I can, the best for the fair!!

Laura @ Laura Williams Musings said...

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