Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pear Butter Bliss

Harvest time is rich with opportunities to make jams, jellies, fruit spreads with so many other canning and freezer projects.  Everything smells fresh and sweet and savory with the fruits and vegetables we choose at our local farmer's markets or that we grow ourselves. Here is a great recipe for Pear Butter:

Pear Butter Bliss:

3-4 lbs. pears
3 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
3 Tbsp. Pear Liqueur

1. Rinse pears, peel, and core. Chop pears in 1 inch squares and place in medium saucepan.
2. Pour honey over chopped pears.
3. Add lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, & ground cloves.  Add 2 Tbsp. of Pear Liqueur. Toss to mix thoroughly.
4.  Bring mixture to slow boil on medium high heat.  Then turn down to medium heat and simmer for 50 minutes or until the Pear Butter has arrived at your desired thickness. 
5. Use immersion blender to blend pear butter as smooth as you like it.
6. Once Pear Butter is as thick as you like it to be, take off heat and shut burner off, then add last Tbsp. of Pear Liqueur.
7.  Place in jars or freezer jam containers.  Let cool to room temperature and store appropriately.

Our Fall walks are some of the best walks we have.  Rooney seems to bounce with pleasure at all the oranges, yellows, reds, and burgundies moving in the gentle breezes.  The leaves scurrying on the street before us as if leading us on our way. We enjoy the cooler, crisper air, and vivid colors before us.  It is looking at the most beautiful oil painting in the world!  I am lucky to have Rooney enjoying my favorite season with me. She is such good, intelligent company.  It is during these walks I discuss what I should preserve next.  Farmer's Market ends the end of October, and our walks provide me the time to make a list of planned projects to store fresh fruits and vegetables through canning and/or flash freezing and then storing in storage bags, so we can enjoy them through the winter.  Fall is simply the loveliest time of year!

Enjoy the harvest!

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