Bartered Pears

We had a garage sale. It went well. For one item we were paid in pears. Lots and lots of pears.

This left me in a quandary. On one hand, who doesn't enjoy pears? On the other, I have a weekends worth of housework, kids who need focused jobs to put things back in order and bins to re sort and store. What I did not feel I had oodles of was time to deal with a mess of fruit. Saturday night the four grocery bags of pears sat ominously on the counter. Before church they greeted us. Taunting my holistic mommy self to be creative, to be resourceful, to honor the tradition of barter.

So we made some pears. I have a bed full of laundry to fold but bins are stacked, bags neatly label for the spring St Rose kids sale, front room vacuumed and oodles and oodles of sliced pears.

To make freezer pears:
Wash and slice. Compost your skins and cores. For every 2 cups of pears add aprox 2 tablespoons RealFruit Pectin and sugar and lemon juice to taste. Let sit for about 30 min stir well and store in freezer containers or jars with a half inch for expanding fruit.

We had a big dish for dinner with homemade pizza and I have stacked freezer pears for the fall. Bring on the barter. But please don't bring me any more pears.
We washed the pears with a bit of vinegar in a pot of water.
                                 Nate helping, Lucy eating.


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