I was at the Farmer’s Market recently and found the prettiest pears. Little, babies called Sugar Pears. So cute, so delicate and small one said she wanted them to be in our house ALWAYS.
Hmmm, I can’t say they will be around always but it did make me think that perhaps pickling them would be a good idea and they might add to a treat platter in a very perfect way.
I started with sterilized jars, cloves, peppercorns, juniper berries and a big chunk of orange peel.
The longest part was carefully peeling each pear (I wanted to do this carefully so I retained their cute shape) and then I made a vinegar/sugar mix and heated it to just boiling. If you’ll notice, I even left the stems on-just for fun.
Aren’t they cute? I topped with sterilized lids and processed in a water bath for 14 minutes.
Let sit for at least two weeks before enjoying.
Good with just about anything but especially wonderful with these scones that I’ll share on Wednesday.
- For each 500 ml jar: (7 in total need to be sterilized)
- 3 juniper berries
- 2 peppercorns
- 2 cloves
- 1x3 inch slice of orange peel
- 4 qt basket of sugar pears
- 8 cups vinegar (I used a light red wine one)
- 4 cups sugar
- Prepare the jars with spices and peel. Fill each with peeled pears and top with hot brine mixture. Top and process in a water bath for 14 minutes. Let sit at least two weeks before enjoying.