Hi everyone! Lindsey here. My blogging has been more sparse these days, but I had to tell you about this delicious spiced pear jam I made, so that you can make your own.
As you know, we're big on canning around here. My mom has been canning my whole life, and she has taught me how to can many things. Here is a link to some canning tips she has given you in the past.
Well I had a large quantity of pears and I wanted to try making a spiced pear jam I looked around at a few recipes, and came up with this delicious one below! It takes some time to peel and chop your pears, but after that the cooking is pretty much you watching your jam so it doesn't burn.
It is so worth it! This jam tastes like fall, and I want to put it on everything!
So if you want to try a little pear jam, give this recipe a go and tell us how it turns out!
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When I started canning my pears last week, my son mentioned that a pear sauce, like apple sauce, might be a good idea. He also recalled this recipe when I canned apple slices with Red Hots. I started thinking about that and decided it might be delicious to make a combination of those two ideas with my pears!
I have made apple butter and pear butter in my crockpot, and I thought that might be a great idea for this Pear Sauce. I also decided that adding some dried cranberries (Craisins) to the mix might be a great little burst of flavor. I was right! I first rehydrated my cranberries with water and reserved a little of the water to add juice to the sauce. I later thought that I could have used apple juice to rehydrate them and that would have been a good idea as well. (If you try it, let me know how it goes.)
This recipe doesn't take a lot of sugar. My pears were nice and ripe and sweet. Plus, the Red Hots add sugar as well as the cinnamon flavor. The pumpkin pie spice also adds cinnamon and other spices contained therein, such as ginger, nutmeg and cloves. The aroma in the house while the sauce was cooking was heavenly.
I canned mine into 4 12 oz and 1 pint jar, which left enough for my husband and I to enjoy some while it was still warm! It was a rainy day, so the mixture of watching the rain and enjoying this warm, Spicy Craisin Pear Sauce really made it feel like Fall for a moment. (The next day our temperatures were back over 100 degrees!)
I've been trying out a steam canner that my friends Anita and Rhonda have been using and it was fantastic to use. It uses a lot less water, heats up to temperature sooner and is so easy to use. This sauce in these smaller jars stayed in for 20 minutes. Everything sealed and I am so pleased with the results. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as well!
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I have just learned a new thing or two about canning! I learned that not only can you can nectarines, just like you do peaches, (which I figured, even though I hadn't done it), but, unlike peaches, you don't have to peel nectarines! What? Why haven't I known this before? That is the very thing I love about canning apricots! No Peeling! This is a game changer for me. Pantry filled with jars of nectarines here I come!
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I am teaching a jam making class this weekend, so I was looking at fruit prices to see what kind of jam I was going to make. Blackberries are in season and I've found some good prices on them, and if you know me, you know that I love blackberries, so blackberry jam is a no brainer! I decided that I should put together a post that shares with you a collection of the great blackberry recipes that we have loved here on the blog!
I've already canned some blackberries in pint jars all by themselves this season. These are great to have on hand for a quick pie, cobbler or ice cream topping. They don't last long in our house!
Speaking of cobbler, blackberries and peaches make a great mix in my mom's old recipe that we love!
We can't forget blackberry pie either! It is just so sweet and delicious! Those home canned blackberries make it a cinch.
One of my personal favorites is this recipe for Blackberry Lemon Marmalade. It was the first marmalade recipe that I came up with all on my own. I was so proud of how great it turned out!
I made this No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake for Lindsey's wedding reception. It was one of her favorites!
As a twist on regular lemon bars, I came up wit this recipe for Blackberry Lemon Bars. They are so good, absolutely to die for! I've talked about them a lot on the blog. If you haven't tried them, you must!
Those are my personal favorites. There are a few other recipes that are also great if you search "blackberries" in the search bar, but these are ones you definitely need to try! I'll post the jam recipe soon, after I get through teaching the upcoming jam class! Wish me luck!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!