I enjoy “putting up” fruit at the end of the season almost as much as I enjoy growing it. This year we had lots of berries, but our fruit trees did not do well. We only had a few apples and our pear crop was not much larger. The pears were average size, but there were so few of them. My friend Heather, had lots of pears on her tree, but they were undersized. They were so small that her father-in-law, who usually harvests them all, decided they weren’t good for anything. Heather knew how disappointed I was with my crop and since her family does not like pears (gasp!), she generously offered her pears to me. Between our two pathetic crops, I had enough to create pear sauce, pear bread, and snacks for my family.
I make my pear sauce quickly in a pressure cooker. I leave the skins on and blend them up with my immersion blender.
- ~10 cups thick pear slices (about 10 large pears), remove core, leave skin
- 1 cup pear juice or apple juice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Put the pear slices in the pressure cooker (do not fill beyond the fill line of your pressure cooker). Pour juice over the pears. Add spices.
- Lock the lid in place. Cook over high heat until it reaches high pressure.
- As soon as it reaches high pressure, remove the pressure cooker from the heat. Allow the pressure to drop naturally. When the pressure has been released, you can safely remove the lid. And you will find super soft, mushy pears.
- Use an immersion blender, blender, food processor, or food grinder.to blend the pears to the desired consistency.
Now I am torn. As a self appointed fruit and vegetable ambassador, I feel I should find recipes that would allow Heather and her family to appreciate pears, but since I am reaping the benefits of their aversion I don’t have much incentive to do so. : )
And yes, I will be bring Heather some pear sauce tomorrow. If her family doesn't like it out of the jar, she can add it to cake in place of oil to create a spice cake.