Canning Pears

I have not always been a canning fan.

My sisters and I grew up helping my Mom can pears, applesauce, tomatoes, and peaches.  But I dreaded it.  In fact, I once fainted in a toasty kitchen while canning peaches.  While being revived, I vowed to never participate in canning again by choice.  But then I grew up.  (You may or may not know that I turned 30 over the weekend, so lately I DO feel very grown up!)

Over Labor Day, my sister made the journey to Colorado's Palisades orchards.  She returned with boxes of lovely pears and apples for the entire family!  Although I don't eat a lot of fresh pears, I love making baby food from canned pears.  I love throwing canned pears in a blender and having a meal ready to go.

I always worry that I haven't learned everything that I need to learn from my Mother.  So last week when we got together to can pears, I took notes!  So this tutorial is for me...

**Although I am sure there are many ways to can, this is my Mama's style.  I realize there are many new gadgets and methods, but this it the way my Mother has always canned.  And her Mother.  And her Mother's Mother.  So here's to keeping tradition alive!

My sister, Mom, and I formed an assembly line to cut up boxes and boxes of pears. We each took charge of 1 of these tools:

Peeler, coring tool, knife

After hours of peeling, my sister was thrilled to show off all those peelings!  That represents a ton of hard work!

Now it was time to fill those jars...

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