Fresh fruit in Alaska can get expensive, organic fruit even more so. So when Costco has cases of organic pears for less than $2.50 per pound, you buy a case and get to work on no sugar canned pears.
The hubby isn’t a big fruit person, so most of the fruit in our house is eaten by me. As much as I love sweet, juicy pears, its tough for me to eat a whole case before they start going bad. I know the chickens love getting mushy pears to snack on, but those are expensive chicken treats! (Get out in the Alaskan Bush and prices skyrocket! I’ve heard of a $29 watermelon in Kotzebue!)Prices aside, getting ripe fruit in Alaska is rare too. Fruit is usually still rock hard and often not very tasty.
I ate and dehydrated the first case of pears we bought. I loved dried fruit – its a healthy alternative to dessert for me. My dehydrator tends to stay very busy when I get my hands on cases of fruit of all kinds. Pears, apricots, apples, bananas… yum. But since I dehydrated the first case, I decided to can the second case. I love no sugar canned pears. They’re a great healthy, summery snack for our dark winters here in AK.
No Sugar Canned Pears
5-6 pounds organic pears (Bartlett pears hold up to canning the best!)
Hot water (I love simple recipes!)
Clean, peel, core, and halve pears. I used my fancy-dancy Kitchenaid peeler – made it go soooo much faster! It’s a great investment for anyone who does a lot of canning or dehydrating.
Place pear halves in a large stock pot with just enough water to cover. On low-medium heat, heat the pears. You don’t want them to get mushy, just hot.
Spoon pears into pint jars – fit in as many as you can without squishing them, leaving a generous 1/2 inch headspace.
Ladle the hot water into the jars, maintaining that 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace as necessary.
Wipe jar rims and center lids. Screw on band to fingertip tight.
Water bath process for 20 minutes (25 minutes for quarts).
A lot of people can pears in a simple syrup, low-sugar or regular. I love fruit in just water with no extra sweetness added. Prefer the syrup? Get the recipe from Ball Canning HERE.
I’m thinking I may try a variety of Spiced Pears next time I get my hands on some. so yummy!
Do can any fruit? What’s your favorite recipe?