Have you ever eaten pear relish?
“What is pear relish eaten with?” you may be asking.
Um, well…I like it on ham or turkey sandwiches, hot dogs, and anything involving mayo and mustard. Yes, hamburgers…it’s very good on hamburgers.
Some people eat it with home-grown field peas…black-eyed peas…crowder peas…and green beans. This chow-type relish is tasty with pork – cooked any way you can dream up.
If I didn’t already know how good this relish tastes, I would never go to the trouble of making it.
Would you believe I planted two pear trees in The Land of Making Do just so I would have pears for making pear relish? It’s true. Except, one tree died after being run over by a deer. My Kieffer pear tree, the one remaining, provided enough pears this year for a half batch of pear relish.
It may seem like it’s too much trouble.
You’ll just have to trust me on this.
- 12 cups chopped pears (firm pears for canning)
- 8 medium onions
- 6 dill pickles
- 6 green bell peppers
- 3 red bell peppers
- 5 small hot peppers - I use jalapeno peppers
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 6 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 3½ cups white vinegar, divided
- 5 Tablespoons plain flour
- 1 Tablespoon turmeric
- 3 Tablespoons dry mustard
- Rough chop first 6 ingredients. Place in batches in food processor and pulse until chopped fine. Place all in large stock pot and stir with salt. Let sit 5 minutes. Strain juice from pot.
- In medium bowl, combine sugar, celery seed, and 3 cups white vinegar. Set aside.
- In small bowl, combine ½ cup vinegar with remaining ingredients. Make a paste and add to sugar/vinegar mixture. Blend and pour over pear/vegetable mixture in stock pot
- Heat to boiling and simmer 20-30 minutes. Ladle into sterile canning jars and process 10 minutes to seal. (Or, put into jars to refrigerate a couple of weeks.)
Maybe you could start by making a half recipe, which can be made in a regular 8-quart pot. For a full recipe, you’ll need at least a 10-quart stock pot. I’ll share details of the canning process in my next canning post (to come very soon).
popped by drove out for a visit yesterday around lunch time. (I had offered this friend a jar of relish the other day, she said she doesn’t eat stuff like that, and “no thank you, but give some to my husband – he will eat it”.) So, I wasn’t really expecting her to like the turkey sandwich (with a little pear relish sneaked in there) I had prepared for her to taste.
Wrong! She loved it and took “husband’s” jar home with her. (Don’t worry, he got his very own jar.)
A new believer in pear relish. 🙂
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