Anyway, they came home, sat in the fruit bowl for a few days until I could leave them there no longer. They either had to be eaten up or made into something. Having plums in the fruit bowl too, I decided to bottle them up into a crumble/pie combo. Do you do this? Mix fruits together for easy desserts over winter? I have to say this is my first combo in the bottling/canning arena, having always stuck to single fruits in the past..
Of course they were cream coloured inside! What on earth was I thinking?
The pears (which were sweet, juicy and delicious!), were peeled, quartered and cored whilst the plums were halved and stoned.
Packed firmly into preserving jars and covered in a light sugar syrup (1 cup sugar:3 cups water), they were then heat processed for sterilisation.
Oops.. I forgot to mention I also added a cinnamon stick to each jar for good measure along with 1/2 tsp citric acid (pears are naturally low in acid). Don't you just love the colour of the plums and the way they have coloured the syrup?
Yep, once again, visual preserving excitement. What IS it about that? Do you suffer from it? (Or rather, revel in it?).
Three #31(1 litre/1quart) Fowlers jars. Pies or crumbles..or maybe even a cake! It's so much fun to have options....
Do you have any favourite fruit combinations for canning/bottling?