My friend Marlene is not shy. So when she saw a tree laden with plums, she knocked on the homeowner's door and asked if she could pick them. He was amenable and Marlene invited me along. Don't we all need friends like that! Come to think of it, wouldn't it be nice to have a registry in Saskatoon so that people with unused fruit could hook up with a willing picker?
This weekend, we picked pears at Dick and Verna's house on Temperance Street. They have a big old pear tree that produces oodles of fruit. We canned them on Sunday and Tuesday evenings (12 jars in all). John helped peel and chop the pears while I sterilized the jars and made a light sugar syrup.
The recipe for the sugar syrup comes from the canning Bible "Stocking Up" --- 1 cup sugar, 1 cup honey and 4 cups water. Heat the syrup so the sugar and honey disolve. Simmer the chopped pears in the syrup until they are just soft. Scoop the pears into the jars and top up with the syrup, tapping to release air bubbles. Boil the sealed jars in water for 20 minutes.