|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!