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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Putting up pear slices

    Just finished taking seven quarts of pear slices out of the waterbath.
    Took 26 lbs of pears to make that much. Now we're resting before doing
    the rest of the big tote of pears, should make another seven quarts.

    This is the first time I have put them up in a light syrup made with
    Splenda. The Ball Complete Book says it's doable so I dood it, cuts back
    on my sugar intact a good bit.

    The steamer I bought should be here tomorrow, it was shipped out of
    Dallas yesterday, that's just a hop and a skip from here. May go get
    some more pears and make juice out of them. Something like canned pear
    nectar, something we like.

    It is truly hot here today, with the heat index it's around 104F out
    there. May put some more insulation in the attic this fall.

    Tilly Dawg likes pears, dropped a slice and she scarfed it up and begged
    for more. I knew she was a smart dawg.

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    George Shirley Guest

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    George Shirley wrote:
    > Just finished taking seven quarts of pear slices out of the waterbath.
    > Took 26 lbs of pears to make that much. Now we're resting before doing
    > the rest of the big tote of pears, should make another seven quarts.
    >
    > This is the first time I have put them up in a light syrup made with
    > Splenda. The Ball Complete Book says it's doable so I dood it, cuts back
    > on my sugar intact a good bit.


    Waiting on the last seven quarts of pear slices to time out in the
    waterbath. We still have about 10 lbs of pears left, will probably just
    eat a bunch of them out of hand. By my calculations we had approximately
    106 lbs of raw pears and the 10 lbs that's left is all there is now. I
    think we have enough pear products to last we and our descendants the
    rest of this year and until harvest time next year. Our descendants tend
    to like free food and they're always willing to return jars and rings
    plus other jars they've scored before their next visit. I guess if we
    were a young, struggling couple we would feel the same. No, I guess not,
    we were young and struggled to grow our own food and then preserve it.
    Different strokes for different folks, wish I could get the kiddos to
    come and learn how to can and preserve.

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    D. Arlington Guest

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    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    > Just finished taking seven quarts of pear slices out of the waterbath.
    > Took 26 lbs of pears to make that much. Now we're resting before doing the
    > rest of the big tote of pears, should make another seven quarts.
    >
    > This is the first time I have put them up in a light syrup made with
    > Splenda. The Ball Complete Book says it's doable so I dood it, cuts back
    > on my sugar intact a good bit.
    >
    > The steamer I bought should be here tomorrow, it was shipped out of Dallas
    > yesterday, that's just a hop and a skip from here. May go get some more
    > pears and make juice out of them. Something like canned pear nectar,
    > something we like.


    I used to buy a pear nectar in the grocery stores. I haven't seen it in
    years.

    >
    > It is truly hot here today, with the heat index it's around 104F out
    > there. May put some more insulation in the attic this fall.
    >
    > Tilly Dawg likes pears, dropped a slice and she scarfed it up and begged
    > for more. I knew she was a smart dawg.



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    D. Arlington Guest

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    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Different strokes for different folks, wish I could get the kiddos to come
    > and learn how to can and preserve.


    How about trading with them? Their labor in the garden (picking weeds,
    planting seed) for a certain amount of canned goods? :-)


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    George Shirley Guest

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    D. Arlington wrote:
    >
    > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected] ...
    >> Just finished taking seven quarts of pear slices out of the waterbath.
    >> Took 26 lbs of pears to make that much. Now we're resting before doing
    >> the rest of the big tote of pears, should make another seven quarts.
    >>
    >> This is the first time I have put them up in a light syrup made with
    >> Splenda. The Ball Complete Book says it's doable so I dood it, cuts
    >> back on my sugar intact a good bit.
    >>
    >> The steamer I bought should be here tomorrow, it was shipped out of
    >> Dallas yesterday, that's just a hop and a skip from here. May go get
    >> some more pears and make juice out of them. Something like canned pear
    >> nectar, something we like.

    >
    > I used to buy a pear nectar in the grocery stores. I haven't seen it in
    > years.


    It is still found in the local Kroger store. Can't remember the name of
    the company but is in the canned juices section. A company in Mexico,
    JUMEX, also makes pear nectar and other straight juices. DW still
    teaches and takes a can of one or the other to work with her daily for
    her lunch.

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    George Shirley Guest

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    D. Arlington wrote:
    >
    > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected] ...
    >> Different strokes for different folks, wish I could get the kiddos to
    >> come and learn how to can and preserve.

    >
    > How about trading with them? Their labor in the garden (picking weeds,
    > planting seed) for a certain amount of canned goods? :-)

    Our gardens are so small they would get in the way. They nearly always
    offer to mow the lawn and weed whack while they're here or do the roof
    climbing work that occasionally occurs. A great many of our canned foods
    come from fruit trees, grape vines, or berry bushes on other folks
    property that don't use them. I'm not bashful about asking for picking
    rights and then share with them.

    Used to pick a pear tree on the local McDonald's property until the
    owner got tired of having to rake up the fallen fruit and had it cut
    down. All the other pear trees there were ornamental, just the one bore
    fruit and it was a good variety too.

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    D. Arlington Guest

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    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    > Our gardens are so small they would get in the way. They nearly always
    > offer to mow the lawn and weed whack while they're here or do the roof
    > climbing work that occasionally occurs. A great many of our canned foods
    > come from fruit trees, grape vines, or berry bushes on other folks
    > property that don't use them. I'm not bashful about asking for picking
    > rights and then share with them.


    Gotcha! I just asked a neighbor about her pears, left to rot most years.
    She said I'm welcome to them when ripe. My own pear tree is loaded this
    year. I have to start picking them. It never hurts to ask.

    >
    > Used to pick a pear tree on the local McDonald's property until the owner
    > got tired of having to rake up the fallen fruit and had it cut down. All
    > the other pear trees there were ornamental, just the one bore fruit and it
    > was a good variety too.


    What a waste.


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    D. Arlington Guest

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    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > It is still found in the local Kroger store. Can't remember the name of
    > the company but is in the canned juices section. A company in Mexico,
    > JUMEX, also makes pear nectar and other straight juices. DW still teaches
    > and takes a can of one or the other to work with her daily for her lunch.


    We do have a Kroger at the other end of town. I think I'll check out their
    juice section. Thanks.


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    George Shirley Guest

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    D. Arlington wrote:
    >
    > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> It is still found in the local Kroger store. Can't remember the name
    >> of the company but is in the canned juices section. A company in
    >> Mexico, JUMEX, also makes pear nectar and other straight juices. DW
    >> still teaches and takes a can of one or the other to work with her
    >> daily for her lunch.

    >
    > We do have a Kroger at the other end of town. I think I'll check out
    > their juice section. Thanks.

    I just looked in the pantry, the other brand name is Kern. All kinds of
    pure fruit juices according to DW, cost about double what the Jumex
    costs though. She's probably had about fifty cans of the Jumex by now
    and I haven't seen any behavior that would be odd for her. You know,
    things like throwing things away that are beyond their useful life, not
    hoarding "stuff." Those sorts of aberrant behavior for world-class hoarder.

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