Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 18 Pear Preserves

On the campus of the University of Kansas there are a number of pear trees. Audrey's daddy is taking a class on campus and walks by the trees on his way. He brought us a few pounds of pears and asked us to make some preserves. Audrey was happy to oblige because that meant she got to use her cutting board and knife.
Pear Preserves

  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 6 medium halved or quartered, peeled, cored pears
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced and seeded lemon
Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and water in a large saucepot. Cook rapidly 2 minutes. Add pears; boil gently 15 minutes. Add remaining sugar and sliced lemon, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until fruit is transparent. Cover and let stand 12 to 24 hours in a cool place. Remove pears from syrup, set aside. Cook syrup 5 minutes or longer, to thicken. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. 

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Cut fruit
  2. Help measure ingredients
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Peel pears
  2. Help measure ingredients
  3. Cook fruit

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