It’s been a while. Thanks for dropping by. First let me just say – I made Pear Jam but I am not a fan of pears. So why did I make Jam, you ask? Because when we bought our house we happened to have a pear tree in the backyard. Most people would say, oh well you don’t have to eat them if you don’t want to. But seeing all the pears on the tree, just sitting there waiting is like watching strawberries rot: Plain messed up.
Even though I am not a fan, I have plenty of friends who are. So every year during August and September I harass them until they come over and pick some off the tree. LOL. Now that sounds like it would be enough but it isn’t. There are always a ton of pears left on the tree, that even the birds and squirrels and occasionally our dog can’t or won’t eat.
Last Year, I made a few different pear treats and had a mini pear party. Everyone had fun and liked the treats, except me. I had fun. I enjoyed getting together for the heck of it. I just found no pleasure in the overwhelming pearness of a pear party. Lol. The only thing I truly liked and enjoyed eating was Pear Jam with toast and cheese. I also liked it on waffles and pancakes the next day.
Another Pear season has rolled around and I said to hell with coming up with pear desserts, this year is all about the jams. *_*
Yaya’s Homemade Jam
(with Pear Bits)
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 8 Cups of peeled, cored and well chopped pears
- 3 Cups of Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup of Sugar (regular white sugar)
- 1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. of Nutmeg
- 1/4 of a Cup of Spiced Rum (Optional)
**Yields 6 half pint jars.**
WHAT TO DO:
- Chop the pears and place in a large pot or bowl.
- Add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix well, until it starts to become syrupy.
- Cover and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Place pears and syrup in a large pot (if not already in one) and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
- Bring pears to a simmer on medium heat. Lower slightly and let simmer for 90 to 120 minutes (1 1/2 – 2 hours). NOTE: On my stove medium heat is like cranking the heat to five out of nine. To lower slightly would be 3 or 4. I usually cook them on 4 for 90 minutes and switch to 3 if it needs a little more time.
- Place pears in warm jars and slap on a lids. Once that is done, tighten the lids and boil enough water to cover about 3/4 of the jar.
- Let it boil for 10 – 12 minutes and remove from water.
- Set aside and allow to cool before storing in a cool dark place.
NOTE: Make sure to double check the seals before long term storage.
Hope this recipe helps a few more people figure out what to do with their ton of pears this summer. Have a wonderful day!!
Thanks for reading!