Lala's how to for canning fruit

this post is for Kate....thanks for visiting my TT.... I mentioned in my TT blog yesterday that I love to can fruit......it is actually way easier than it sounds....well at least I think it is easier. here is how I do my canning.

I use any jars......I keep jam jars....pickle jars...these have to be soaked though....to get rid of the pickle smell!!!...salsa jars.....you get the picture....any jar that has a metal screw on lid with a popper on the lid you can re-use....although if you have dinged it over and over with a blunt object to open the original jar....uh hem I do this all the time!! then it might not re-seal.

My biggest canning project was pears from my own tree. I had about 100 lbs 2 years ago....then hubby pruned it way back and last year I only got 1 pear......yup 1 lonely pear....hopefully this year will be better...

so anyways the biggest part of the job of canning pears is the peeling part....this is where children come in handy....make an assembly line and start peeling!! then I cut them in wedges....

once I had that all done I started my syrup.....basically sugar - water. You can make your syrup as sweet as you like......since I was doing pears, which are quite sweet I only used about 5 cups of sugar to about 15-20 cups of water. That has to be at boiling point....and during the process when the pot of syrup got low I would just keep adding to it....I am not really one for measuring so would just throw more sugar and water in....but it turned out real well....

in a separate pot I start boiling the lids to the jars and will refill the water when it starts getting low too.......the whole process takes a couple of hours so if you are not careful you will let your pot of lids boil dry!!

on a cookie sheet place washed jars in oven at about 220F....they have to be nice and hot to get the jars to seal.

once everything is boiled and the fruit is ready to be packed....you are ready to start filling the jars.....this process is called "cold-packing" as the fruit is not pre-cooked....whenever you are canning a soft fruit like pears....if you cook the pears first you will have pear sauce....they will get mushy and fall apart....the idea is to get nice looking pieces of pears in a clear syrup....that can only be achieved by the cold packing......

whew.....hopefully I haven't bored all you non-canners to death and you have left the blog!!!

so this is the hardest part cuz you are dealing with really really hot syrup and hot jars and lids....and you have to be FAST to get the jars to seal properly!

put the pears in the hot jar....fit in as much as you can.....but leave about 1/2 inch from top of jar....then fill with syrup....leave about 1/4 inch from top of jar.....screw lid on.....now place in pot of boiling water on stove top and boil for 45 minutes....this cooks the pears....then after you take the jar out and set it on the counter you should hear the lid pop within 15 minutes or there abouts and voila.....you have successfully canned pears!!! once I really get going I usually have jars with pears cooking on the stove while I am filling more jars up....I did 4 doz pears in one afternoon......I was sweating when I was doing it....cuz it get's hot...so if you can pick a day that is cooler!!! but totally worth it....they taste great and I gave them away in my little baskets for Christmas presents......this year we made 3 kind of apple sauce....that you cook first then pack so you don't need to boil the packed jar when you are done....

the kids really like helping me can.....I remember helping my mom....and they love eating it even more!!!!
so there you go.....Lala's how to can pears blog!!

Comments

holli said…
I don't remember canning as "easier than it sounds." I remember canning as being one gigantic fiasco when I was little.. but maybe that's the drama that is my family - or because Nana takes on projects that are gigantic and we canned enough pickles, salsa - whatever.. for a small army. I remember everyone being exhausted and beat down.. and never finishing whatever was canned - like not in years!!
JeepGirl said…
I love to can too. Was raised that way. We canned everything. Much cheaper sometimes and much more appreciated.

Sounds like you have a good nack for it too. Pears sound yummy.
Shash said…
We had oddles of canned fruit to eat all winter long - it was awesome!! Cherry's and Peaches were my favourite. Mom was such a "mom" eh?!

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