Pear Preserves

1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups water
8 medium pears - (to 10, about 3 lbs
before preparing)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 lemon -- thinly sliced,
if desired

Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and water; cook rapidly 2 minutes. Add diced
pears and boil slowly for 15 minutes. Add remaining sugar and lemon.
Stir until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until fruit is clear, about 25
minutes. Cover and let stand for 12 to 24 hours in a cool place. Pack
fruit into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust caps. Process
in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove jars; cool and store. This recipe
yields 5 half-pints.

NOTES : Recipe distributed by Melissa Mixon, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.,
Extension Home Economics Leader and Human Nutrition Specialist

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