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Canning Pears with Chai & Raspberries

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Here in Lake County, we are world famous for our Bartlett Pears!  By the time the pears ripen, canning season is in full swing, and this year I wanted to try a few new flavor combinations.  Chai spices and pears just seem to be a heavenly pairing, as the star anise, cardamon, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper berries steep in the lightly syrup’d pears.  The raspberry patch is pumping out it’s fall crop, so it only natural to throw a handful in the bottom of a jar, blushing the pears during the processing.

Canning Pears- Hot Pack

Make sure your Bartlett pears are nice and ripe, yellow but still firm.  I prefer to peel the pears and make pear butter with skins later, but I have heard you can leave the skins on for canning.

Slice the pears (either in halves or wedges) and use a coring tool or a melon baller to remove the seeds and core.  Soak the pears in a bowl of cold water, with a few tablespoons of lemon juice, to prevent browning.

Prepare a light syrup of 2 1/4 cups of sugar to 5 1/2 cups of water, bring to a boil.  Using a slotted spoon, lift pears into the syrup to heat them up, then pack into hot jars.

hot pack pears

Pour the syrup over the pears, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.   Wipe the rim of the jar clean, adjust the lids and rings, and gently place into the boiling water.  Process pints for 20 minutes and 25 minutes for quarts

Chai Spiced Pears

Add to the bottom of the jar

  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamon pods
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 black pepper corns
  • 1 thin slice of ginger

chai spices for pears

The spicy mixture will cook in the pears and syrup during processing, and the flavors will continue develop the longer the jar sits on the shelf.

chai pears

Raspberry Pears

Use fresh raspberries, because frozen berries will lower the temperature of the jar contents, which might interfere with the processing time (and will get mushy).  Plump, whole berries look so pretty!

raspberries in jar

Put 10 or so berries in the jar before packing the pears and syrup.

hot packed pears and raspberries

Watch how they beautifully blush the pears after they process.

raspberry pears

I have a few more batches of pears to can, and some other flavor combination to play with, so stay tuned!

 

Jessica
Jessica
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