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Picking Pecks of Pears

September 20th, 2008

On the 7th of this month Mr Chiots and I headed over to my parents’s house to pick pears. They have 2 pear trees that were just loaded with pears this year.

Since they didn’t want them, they told us we could have them. So we spent an afternoon picking Barlet & Bosc pears. I picked all the low ones while Mr Chiots scaled the ladder and got the high ones.

So how many pears did we end up with?

We picked 116 lbs of pears. Not bad for FREE (hm, I wonder how much 116 lbs of organic pears would cost me elsewhere). Our table was covered with pears for a week while we waited for them to ripen.

We actually should have picked them a week earlier, they were already pretty ripe and some of them had fallen off the tree. I guess the deer & other critters will enjoy those. I’ll have to mark the first of September on my calendar for picking pears next year.

So what am I doing with these pears. Well, this is what we were canning on Sunday when the lights went out. I dried some (super delicious you should try it), I made a batch of gingerbread pear butter and I also made 1 quart of spiced pickled whole pears for Thanksgiving.

Anyone else out there enjoying the delicious pears this season?

9 Comments to “Picking Pecks of Pears”
  1. James on September 20, 2008 at 8:36 am

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  2. Joe on September 22, 2008 at 1:37 am

    What a harvest! And a great deal, too :)

    I have never really been a fan of pears, as most of the ones I’ve tried have had a bad aftertaste to them. They are, however, from the grocery store, so they were probably artificially ripened. I’ve never had a pear off the tree…I bet they’re delicious.

    One thing you might do with those pears is create a French dessert I once saw. The dessert consisted of peeled baked (?) pears covered in melted chocolate! Delicious!

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  3. Susy on September 22, 2008 at 7:08 am

    That sounds great. I’ll have to try it.

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  4. Carolyn on September 24, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Greetings from Dayton, Ohio.

    Just surfin’ the blogs and found you.

    I am a first time canner.I didn’t do pears this year but they are on my list to try next year.


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  5. Susy on September 24, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Carolyn: I would suggest making pear butter for sure and dried pear. Super delicious!

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  6. On the Preservation Front: In Jars at Chiot’s Run on November 20, 2008 at 5:21 am

    […] traded with my mom for some of her elderberry jelly). I also canned 5 pints of elderberry jelly. Remember those pears that my mom gave us? I canned all of those (pears are a tons of work to can, especially organic ones). I ended up with […]

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  7. Picking Pears | Chiot's Run on September 7, 2009 at 4:47 am

    […] picked pears at my mom’s house again last week. We didn’t get as many as we did last year (remember that?). There were a lot of pears on the ground, but we still had a good haul. I gave some to my sister […]

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  8. Courtney on September 20, 2009 at 1:57 am

    WOW. And I thought I had it bad when I came home with 40 pounds of pears. Nice job managing the bounty!

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  9. It’s Going to be a Busy Saturday | Chiot's Run on August 28, 2010 at 4:47 am

    […] pears that didn’t make it into the photo. Mr Chiots picked the pears, which weren’t as abundant as they were 3 years ago, but we still got a decent amount. The peppers were all getting red, which is what I’ve been […]

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