With only four pears on my pear tree this year, I had to look elsewhere for pears for canning.
I spied a house in my neighborhood with a loaded pear tree with branches literally drooping to the ground with fruit. One day about two weeks ago, I saw a man outside in the yard so I stopped and asked if they would have any extra fruit they didn’t want next year. He said I could have it all. Best of all, they hadn’t done any spraying so I didn’t have to worry about chemicals on the fruit.
I took a few pears home with me to test, and they were too hard and too green. It took about a week before they were ripe enough. So on Tuesday I went over with my bike trailer and a bunch of bags and boxes and removed all the pears that I could reach.
I canned 6 quarts on Tuesday, and now I’m waiting a few days for more of them to get yellow and ready for canning. I should be easily able to get 2 dozen quarts from the amount of fruit I picked.
I love eating canned pears. Last year I only got enough pears to can about a dozen quarts, and I rationed them out to use as baby food for my daughter. (Each time I fed her I secretly hoped she wouldn’t eat them all so I could finish off the leftovers.)
No rationing for me this year. I will be able to eat as much as I want!