Pear sauce and pear leather are easy pear recipes to make with fresh pears. Pear sauce freezes and cans well. Pear leather is a great sugar free snack. They are the perfect use for extra pears… lots of extra pears!
I recently ordered Washington state Bartlett pears with my food co-operative order. They arrived fresh and delicious…. all 38 lbs of them!
Seriously, 38 pounds of pears! I was delighted with the bargain, they only cost $21.00, but a bit intimidated by the volume.
Have you ever participated in a food co-operative? A food co-operative might take the form of a local co-op store or may be a less structured food delivery service run by volunteers. Both options are a great way to access fresh, delicious produce without breaking the bank.
It’s a little like Christmas! You never know exactly what is going to be in your primary food box and the add-ons are fabulous deals.
Which leads me back to my 38 pound glorious overabundance of pears. They were an add-on item.
Seriously people, 38 pounds of pears!
We ate tons of pears, enjoyed pear cobbler, and gave some away to neighbors. Pears galore!
Easy Pear Recipes
I decided to make pear sauce and pear leather with the remaining pears. Pear sauce is delicious and easy to make, it freezes or cans well. It’s the perfect solution to a pear overload!
- 16 cups pear peeled and cored
- 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
- ground cinnamon optional
Peel and core 16 cups of pears, place in a crock pot add 1 cup of apple juice or apple cider.
Cook pears on low for 6-8 hours until they are easy to mash.
Mash with a potato mashed or puree with a handheld immersion blender.</span>
Add cinnamon to taste, if desired.
Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.
Another great use for extra pears in fruit leather. Fruit leather is easy to make in the oven or a food dehydrator. It tastes great and is a great snack. I love making my own fruit leather with no sugar.
- 8 cups pears (peeled and cored)
- 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
If pears are very ripe peel, core and puree in a blender. If pears are firm, make pear sauce then proceed with recipe.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour 4 cups of pureed pears onto each tray.
Spread the puree evenly aound the sheet, about ¼ inch thick.
Place baking sheet in a 180 degree oven for 8-10 hours. The fruit leather is finished when it is no longer sticky to the touch.
Cut into pieces and store in an air tight container.
U.S. raised Bartlett pears are available in late summer thru fall. They are a delicious treat! I hope you get some and try making pear sauce or pear leather.
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