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Recipes - Aug 10, 2016

Marmalade Pear

Yield: Makes about 4 x 250 ml jars
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Processing Time: 10 Minutes
Difficulty: Expert
Autumn is the ideal time to make this pear “marmalade” so you can enjoy it during the winter months. This recipe is both delicious and economical to prepare.

INGREDIENTS:

8 cups (2 L) peeled, cored and thinly sliced firm but ripe pears
4 cups (1 L) sugar
3 limes
3 tbsp (45 ml) chopped crystallized ginger
1-1/4 cups (300 ml) water

DIRECTIONS:

• Place 4 clean 250 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Heat SNAP LID® sealing discs in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and sealing discs hot until ready to use.
• In a large deep stainless steel saucepan, combine pears and sugar. Squeeze juice from limes; add to fruit-sugar mixture. Let stand 1 hour.
• Remove remaining pulp from limes. Cut rind into very fine strips. In a small stainless steel or enamel saucepan, cover lime strips with cold water; bring to a boil and cook about 15 minutes, until peel is tender and most of liquid is evaporated. Drain liquid, adding it to pear mixture. Set rind aside.
• Stir chopped ginger into pear mixture; bring all these ingredients to a full rolling boil. If desired, add 1/2 tsp (2 ml) butter or margarine to reduce foaming. Boil rapidly, stirring frequently, until marmalade reaches gel stage, about 15 minutes. (Gel test: Remove mixture from heat. Place a spoonful of mixture on plate in freezer for a few minutes; mixture is gelled when it does not run together when separated.)
• Remove from heat; stir in lime rind and skim off foam, if necessary.
• Quickly ladle hot pear marmalade into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if required, by adding more marmalade. Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Centre hot sealing disc on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining marmalade.
• When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least one inch (2.5 cm) of water. Cover canner and bring water to full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. At altitudes up to 1000 ft (305 m), process –boil filled jars – 10 minutes.*
• When processing time is complete, remove canner lid, wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting and place them upright on a protected work surface. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands.
• After cooling check jar seals. Sealed discs curve downward and do not move when pressed. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store jars in a cool, dark place. For best quality, use home canned foods within one year.