Last week, there was an awesome sale on Asian Pears at the store. I had never even heard of Asian Pears, but I knew Graham likes pears so thought I would pick some up and can them so we can use them over Winter.
Asian Pears are a cross between an apple and a pear. They have the shape of a large apple – this variety did. There are apparently about 10 varieties of Asian Pears. I had to do a search to find out how to can them and came up with this informative site: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/sites/default/files/documents/sp_50-694_preserving_asian_pears2009.pdf
I got the water bath canner out, filled it with water and put 9 clean jars in there to be sterilized. I leave the jars in for 10 minutes AFTER the water begins to boil.
First, I got a large bowl ready to receive the sliced fruit. I didn’t want the fruit turning brown so I crushed 1 tsp of Vitamin C into each gallon of water. This ascorbic acid will help the pears keep their nice light colour. They went from being sliced to being placed in the bowl of water immediately.
Since these are a low acid fruit, in order to water bath can them, I needed to add lemon juice to each of the jars.
I got a Light Syrup going on the stove by mixing 1 1/2 cups of sugar in 5 3/4 cups of water. Heat this and then drain the Asian Pears from the Vitamin C solution and carefully add them to the Syrup. Heat them through and then you can add them to your jars (called Hot Pack).
I added the slices and syrup to each of the jars and wiped the rims.
Meanwhile, I had put my Tattler reusable canning lids and seals in hot hot water and left them in there for about 10 minutes.
Put the Tattler sealing ring around the lid as shown in the picture. Place on top of each jar.
Now screw the canning jar band on. Make sure to leave the band slightly loose on the jar. You do NOT overtighten Tattler lids before processing – that comes after you remove them from the water bath.
The finished product, after being in the water bath for 20 minutes. As soon as I took them out, I tightened the bands. This is the way the Tattler lids work. It’s different from the usual seals and lids, but Tattler is unusual! Why? Because you can reuse and reuse and reuse these rings and lids over many years. If you’ve never tried Tattler lids and seals, order some today and give them a try.