My neighbor called me last week and asked me if I wanted a box of pears. Sure! So, to take care of my free pears, I ended up buying two dozen pint jars and a $70 pressure canner (the cheapie hot water bath canners all said "do not use on glass cooktops"--can you tell I'm getting gladder and gladder I opted to put off the gas range upgrade?!?!). Then, last night I had my first solo canning experience: two dozen pints of Bartlett pears. And guess what? They all sealed! Now we have to clean the basement so we have a place to put them. You'll have to wait until we can't get good fresh pears any more to hear how they turned out.
Labels: seasonal delights