Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pear Butter and Other Canning

While perusing my canning cookbooks, I came across some pear recipes.  In the end, the one I used was online, here.  My boys were skeptical of the star anise but we made it once as-written and it is pretty great.  And we wondered, are there other kinds of anise?  I went and got more pears for another batch (and pictures, of course!)

I made more peach preserves.  It's the easiest thing to come by in large quantity, a box of good peaches, and a crowd pleaser, definitely.    I used my favorite recipe as previously posted.

And lovely strawberry... preserve.  Jam?  I'm not sure.  Poor strawberry stuff, no spices; just lemon and sugar - and I used all the lemons.  I ate that strawberry after the pictures, and it was delicious.

I'm thinking that these would all be perfect for a tea party, and perhaps I should make some lemon curd.  Have you made lemon curd?  I'll have to look for a recipe unless you can suggest one...?


Stephanie said...

I am going to the Farmer's Market immediately! I have a recipe for pear honey that is so good. Lemon curd? Love it, but I have never made it. Pretty, pretty blog, BTW. Stephanie

Thimbleanna said...

I've made lemon curd, but can't remember what recipe! ;-8 Just be sure to avoid a pan with any sort of aluminum in it or your curd will taste metallic -- I ruined a batch that way once. Your photos are mouth-wateringly beautiful -- as always!

Julie Crawford said...

ooh, that pear jam looks amazing- I bet the star anise, ginger and nutmeg were perfect additions. I love pear jam! I haven't done any canning since my daughter came along 4 years ago, but I used to get together with a couple of girlfriend, and we'd all bring the ingredients for a certain canned good, and then we'd make the batches all together and divide the spoils. It was always a lot of fun. Sadly we never made lemon curd, though!

Sam said...

I am drooling over here. I've never tried making preserves, but this sounds like something that needs to be added to the 'must try' list.