Spirited Vanilla Pears

| 11/26/2014 9:56:00 AM

Tags: Canning, Pears, MaryAnn,

MaryAnnI guess I should count myself lucky that we have a good climate for pears and peaches. Currently we have two of each that produce fruit. The two pear trees I purchased from Arbor Day, and they were tiny little twigs when they arrived. One is a Kieffer, the other is a Bartlett. They are now full grown and incredibly productive, almost too productive. Both are great varieties for canning. Last year I when I canned them I did two variations, one I added cinnamon and ginger to, the other I added a bay leaf, lemon peel and pepper. This year I decided to step it up a notch and make some spirited pears. 

I’ve been putting off canning them for a few weeks now but it finally came down either pulling out the canning pot or having to compost them soon. I half-heartedly tried to convince my husband we needed a fruit press so he could turn them into alcohol but he wasn’t buying it. It seems he still has enough work to finish from all the fruit I had him ferment last year. Instead I had to settle on adding alcohol to them as I canned. There were a couple of variations but I opted for Kahlua and a vanilla bean. I admit, this was due in part that I had a bottle of Kahlua in the cabinet that wasn’t being used and it avoided having the take a trip to the liquor store for a bottle of good brandy.  

Spirited Vanilla Pears

After sorting through what seemed like a couple of hundred pears, I had them broken down to two piles, one for canning and one for the cows. Even after canning 10 pints of spirited pears, I still have more left than I'd like. Tomorrow I’ll make a batch of pear butter for holiday gifts, and I’ll probably still have 10 pounds left. I did see an article for freezing pears and Christmas is coming soon. Maybe a nice fruit press would be an ideal gift. Having some pears on hand to thaw and ferment sounds like a perfect test run for a new press.

Spirited Vanilla Pears

  • One batch light syrup
  • Pears, peeled, seeded and cut in quarters or halved
  • Kahlua (brandy or rum will work also)
  • Vanilla bean

Directions: Make a batch of light syrup. I use 5 1/2 cups water and 2 cups sugar for mine. 

12/1/2014 3:10:02 PM

That sounds delicious! I am going to have to give it a try next season if I get a good crop of pears. The squirrels and birds beat me to the pears this year. I love your ingenuity. It is always such a pleasure to learn so much from GRIT bloggers!