We are so spoilt for fruit in the summer months here, that when Autumn comes we are still craving sweet fruit.
We have a beautiful old house at the backyards which has a few scraggly pear trees. This year however none fruited and I was disappointed.
So when a friend offered a bag of pears from the Hakataramea Valley I was excited to get a few jars preserved. These honey’d pears are beautiful in winter on porridge.
I was also lucky to have been given a incredible jar of Southland Wildflower Honey from Miele Apiaries and I knew that it would be perfect for this recipe. You can get yours at https://mieleapiaries.co.nz/
When the bag was dropped off we couldn’t believe the quality of the pears. They were beautiful eating and so I really delayed bottling them.
In fact, Flora self appointed herself ‘pear control’, while I was peeling the pears making sure I was only bottling the soft ones.
- 2 litres Water
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 cup Honey
- 6 Star Anise
- 5 kg Pears
- Place all the syrup items in a jam pan and bring to the boil
- Stir occasionally
Preparing the Pears
- Peel and quarter the pears while you wait for the syrup to boil.
- Have a bowl of cold water to plunge the quartered pears into while you finish the batch.
- Add the pears to the syrup, and place a piece of baking paper over the top with a little hole for air. This will stop the pears from browning.
Preparing the Jars
- Wash your jars in hot soapy water and sterilise them in a hot oven.
- I place the jars in a hot oven (180 degrees for 15 mins)
- Pour boiling water over the lids or seals.
Bottling the Pears
- Once the pears have reached a boil (I like a firm poached pear – so boil a bit longer if you like it softer) turn off the element.
- Carefully remove the hot jars from the oven.
- Place the pears in into the hot jars and fill to the top with syrup.
- Place a seal on top and press it down while you screw the band on tightly.
- Once the jars are cooled. Remove the bands and check the seals.
- Wash the jars to remove any sticky syrup.
- If the jar doesn’t seal I would recommend placing in a water bath to re-process it.