Monday, November 06, 2006

Want to make your home smell delicious?

Forget scented candles! Make pear jam!!!

This is my first attempt, and let me tell you, Im reveling in the scent over here.

Here's what I did:

3 forelle pears
peeled and cored, cut in small pieces(reserve some of the peel)
a squeeze of lime to keep them from browning
allspice, cinnamon, cardamom
brown sugar

Put the chopped pear and a handful of large peels into a small pot. Add a very small amt of water(since the pears also release liquid)- maybe 1/4c or less. Add 2 allspice berries and sprinkle with cardamom and cinnamon powder(or use whole spices). Boil until the pears become very soft/mashable. Remove the whole spices and the peels. Drain off the liquid(but keep it aside!) and puree in food processor. Now put the liquid back in the pot and add the brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Add back the pear puree and cook to desired consistency.

Pour into a glass jar which has been washed in hot water.

*I read online to turn it upside down and cool to room temperature, and this will cause a vacuum seal and preserve the jar. My recipe only makes one jar and will be gone quickly :p but this is good for future reference. I wonder if it works.
*Update... I tried it and it DID work!


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