When pears mature, they seem to all mature at once. Did your old pear tree really load up on fruit this year? Here's a great way to put those extra pears to good use and create some tasty pear honey for your holiday treats.
3 large pears, peeled and quartered
4 cups sugar
1 (8-ounce) can crushed unsweetened pineapple, drained
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Position knife blade in food processor bowl and add pears. Process until finely chopped, stopping once to scrape down sides. Do not puree. Measure processed pear to equal 4 cups.
Combine 4 cups pear, sugar, and remaining ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring often, Reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring often. Spoon into hot, sterilized jars, filling to 1/2 inch from top. Wipe jar rims clean. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Process in boiling water bath 5 minutes.
Makes 3 half-pints
Vines for Alabama Landscapes
Vines for Alabama Landscapes is an online publication from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. It provides a great deal of useful information on vines for the South including a helpful chart listing vines, their characteristics and uses.