The pears are dropping off of the trees in North Texas. Which means it is time to start canning and pulling out our favorite recipes. Usually we process part of the pears and keep part of the pears stored in the crisper or a cool dry place. For some reason this year the pears are not keeping, which means that we are going to have to process all of the pears. That is a lot of work.
We like to can pear preserves and pie filling, but sometimes you need a quick and easy way to process the pears. Especially if you are canning and realize you have pealed way more pears then you are going to have time to cook down. One way to quickly process pears is to make pear sauce. It is super easy. All you do is peal the pears, remove cores, chop up pears, and simmer with just a little bit of water on the bottom of the pan. It doesn’t take much. As the pears cook they will make their own juice a lot of the time. I add a little bit of cinnamon to taste. Once the pears are fully cooked and softened you can blend them with a hand blender or put them in a regular blender. I recommend letting the pears cool first if you are going to use a regular blender in order to prevent burns.
I was given two jars of home made pear sauce last week. My daughter absolutely loves it as a snack. She usually eats the apple sauce squeeze pouches as an after school snack. I decided to make some pear sauce squeeze packets out of the organic pear sauce.
I was given an Infantino squeeze station as a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law. I have only used it a few times, but I thought this would be a perfect time to break it out. I have to admit, it can get pretty messy. I managed to squish the pear sauce out of the sides a few times, but was able to salvage most of the sauce.
The great thing about using these pouches is I am able to keep a few in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer. They are always ready to go when I need a single serving. It is way easier to fill the 4 oz pouches and freeze then to can the pears, so it is an easy alternative if you are pressed for time. They are also one of the few containers that fit in the little shelf on my refrigerator door. Seriously, who designed a shelf that small?
The biggest downside to these pouches are the cost. The pouches come out to $0.30 cents a piece when ordered on amazon. If I was having to buy apples or pears at the store, by the time I bought the pouches as well I would not be saving much money over buying the organic apple sauce pouches that can be stored at room temperature. The advantage here for me is that we grew the pears, and I have a whole box of the pouches that were given to me and need to be used. I also like making the snacks for my daughter because then I know exactly what is going into her food.
Do you have any easy ways to process pears? Share in the comments below.
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