If you happened to read my ible for Homemade Raspberry Sherbet you know that I have a very nice 91 year old neighbor that lets me pick all her raspberries. She also has a Starkrimson (red) pear tree that she allows me pick from!!
The tree itself isn't that big but there are thousands of pears on it. I decided the best way to use these relatively small pears was to make pear sauce. My entire family loves pear sauce so I made 10 quarts of it!
The process is VERY easy as there is no peeling like with applesauce! YAY!
Step 1: Pick and Wash Pears
If you do not have a pear tree you might want to ask around to see if someone in your neighborhood does. Chances are they would love to give you several dozen pears to keep them from falling off the tree and rotting on the ground.
If you are making pear sauce with store bought pears it might be kind of expensive. Especially if you are seeking out an organic variety. Luckily my neighbors tree is convenient and organic!
50 small pears will make approximately 3 quarts of pear sauce with some left over to eat immediately!!
Step 2: Cut and Cook Pears
Cut the cores and any bad spots out of the pears and place remaining (good) cut pieces in a large stock pot.
Place pot on a stove top burner on medium-high and add 2-3 cups of water (depending on desired finished consistency). I used three cups.
Let water come to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Let simmer for 1-2 hours until pears are soft and skins are starting to peal away from the fruit. Remove from the burner.
Step 3: Blend Pears and Can
Pour into canning jars and freeze - this is the easiest method. Or can according to proper canning procedures! If you choose to can the pear sauce please follow a reputable source such as http://nchfp.uga.edu/ to can your fruit.
Eat and enjoy! It's even great warm!