Yesterday I made pear preserves using about half the pears I had brought from Texas.
Nine half pints so I’m hoping once I make the rest of the preserves, I end up with at least 15 half pints. The pears are all different sizes so I may get a few more or less half pints with the second batch. This is the last time I’ll get to make anything with the fruit from our own trees. Pears are the last to get ripe.
I used the hot plate to cook the pears down but used the stove and my smallest All American canner for canning . . even though it was water bath canning. I would have used the hot plate for the canning too with that small canner except I only have one hot plate in MO and the pears were still cooking when I began heating the water to boil in the canner.
I have another hot plate in Texas and would have brought it with me except the car was totally and absolutely full this trip. I even had things under my feet and that was not a comfortable 9 hours in the car! I usually drive part of the way since Vince doesn’t like driving that far but he would never have made it sitting in the passenger seat with all the stuff in the floor so he had to drive the whole time and dang it . . I had to sit there and knit! 🙂