Pickled Pears

2.kg Pears ( smaller size pears are good for this recipe)

1 lemon

1 orange

2 tsp black peppercorns (lightly bruised)

1 tsp pimento berries (lightly bruised)

4 cm piece ginger, peeled and sliced

500 mL apple cider vinegar (raw, organic, homemade if possible)

500 mL red wine vinegar

2 cinnamon quills

1 kg brown sugar or 2 cups of honey plus 2 cups water

Method

Zest the orange and lemon and  place in your Fowlers Preserving Pan with all ingredients, except the pears and simmer on a low heat until the sugar / honey is dissolved.

Peel and halve the pears (remove the cores if desired), and simmer for 5 minutes.  Switch off the heat and allow to sit for a further 5 minutes before packing into a warmed # 20 Bottles. Top up with liquid, leaving a 12 mm head space free from fruit and liquid.  Add spice pieces, seal with ring, lid and clip and process in your Simple Natural Preserving Kit for 60 minutes.  


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