Pear Preserves

Thanks again to Luis and Christie for the large bag of pears from their ranch. I was inspired to make honey colored preserved slices of pears to go with cheese.

1 large bag of pears, about 30 medium size
9 cups of sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
3 tablespoons crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups water

1. Core and slice pears, peel if desired.

2. In a large heavy pot simmer pears, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves and 1 cup of water. Cook until tender.

3. Put the sugar and 2 cups of water in another heavy pot and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes until sugar turns light brown.

4. Pour the sugar into pears and cook uncovered for about 1& 1/2 hours, stirring frequently. The pears should be a deep golden color and thick like honey. Add lemon juice before taking off heat.

5. Ladle hot preserves into canning jars.


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