This year we got a canning share from Ela Family Farms on the Western Slope of Colorado. A canning share is like a CSA. The only difference is that you get fruit and veggies in bulk- think 20lbs at a time- and they are #2s, meaning they aren't as pretty as the ones in the store. Perfect for canning and preserving!
All "jammed" out, I decided to make a pear sauce with our recent 20lbs of pears. Think applesauce with pears...
It is really simple to make your own fruit sauces:
- Clean and cube up a looottt of pears.
- Cook pears in a large pot. Start by boiling than reduce to a simmer for 1-2 hours, until skins start to fall off the fruit.
- Blend with an immersion blender or a standard blender. At this time add cinnamon if desired. I like to keep the the sauce a little chunky.
- Fill mason jars with cooked pears. I use the larger ones for sauces. Close the lids- but not crazy tight. Rule of thumb is to close jars with one hand until jar spins.
- Fill a hug pot with water and bring to a boil. Place jars of pear sauce in boiling water so they are completely submerged. Let jars sit in the rolling boil water bath for 20 mins.
- Pull out jars and allow to cool until you hear a "pop". This indicates a sealed jar!