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As promised~here are the recipes my Mama uses to make wonderful goodies for pears growing in the yard~READ On too for a pear pie recipe~easy!
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10 ½ pounds pears, peeled, cored and chopped
6 cups chopped onions (about 6 medium)
6 cups chopped sweet red peppers (about 6 medium)
6 cups chopped sweet green peppers (about 6 medium)
1 bunch celery, chopped (discard leaves and coarse stalks)
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon salt
5 cups vinegar
Combine all ingredients and let stand overnight. Bring mixture to boil. Pack into hot jars leaving ¼ inch space. Adjust caps. Process 20 minutes in boiling water bath. Makes about 9 pints
My notes – If I don’t have red peppers, I use 6 green instead (12 peppers)
Use a vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar, but it does darken mixture) of a least 5% acidity. I use a food grinder to corsley grind all ingredients except spices. This relish is better if you wait about a month to use to let flavors blend. Very good to use in tuna salad, on hot dogs and a side relish with beans. Place in refrigerator after opening.
12 pounds peeled pears. (If small leave whole, larger pears cut in quarters)
3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon mixed pickling spice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 piece ginger root (I use powdered ginger ½ teaspoon)
½ cup thinly sliced lemon
2 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups vinegar
Peel and prepare pears. Put spices in cheesecloth bag. ( I don’t use a bag) Put all ingredients except pears in a container and boil 5 minutes. Add pears and cook gently for approximately 15 minutes until pears are tender. Carefully remove pears. Repeat until all pears are cooked. Pour boiling liquid over pears. Cover and let stand 12 – 18 hours in a cool place. Pack pears into hot jars being careful not to tear them. Leave ¼ inch space. Bring pickling liquid to a boild and pour over pears leaving ¼ space. Remove air bubbles. Process pints and quarts 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield about 3 pints.
Notes: These are best if allowed to cure for a month before using. I like to put them in the refrigerator and eat cold. If you are preparing them for Christmas, put a small amount of red or green food coloring in them when preparing to make them look more festive.
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