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Old 09-05-2019, 01:30 AM
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None to speak of last year, but I still have canned pears and pear sauce from 2 years ago.

This year I have about 2 dozen trees to pick and split with my buddy.


He wants to make wine, not sure that is going to work very well.... Not very jucy, but he can do what he wants with his half.
(There are apples too. Not sure how many trees.)

I think we got 10 bushels from <6 trees 2 years ago.

1. Anyone try to make cider (or wine) with sand/cooking/canning pears?
(How did it do/volume?)
I have a small cider press and a friend with a large one.
And a walk in cooler to keep them in till they can be used.

2. I'm thinking it's time for me to build a LARGE dehydration unit. (Have an Excalibur)

3. Open to other ideas.. ?

No idea what else, might make cider if it works.
(I'm going to run out of people to give them to.)
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2. I'm thinking it's time for me to build a LARGE dehydration unit. (Have an Excalibur)

3. Open to other ideas.. ?
I have built several LARGE very effective dehydrators from DEAD upright freezers.

DEAD upright freezers can often be found at appliance repair places & thrift stores for FREE.

Simple to do: Cut a foot out of the door seal on the bottom & 6 inches out of the top.
That makes an air intake on the bottom & an air exhaust on the top.

Place a small fan driven thermostatic controlled ceramic electric heater inside on the bottom.
Run the heater cord out the gap you cut in the bottom door seal to an outlet.

Its easy to improvise & install more racks inside.

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Pears make better brandy than wine.
Pear butter.
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There is a fair amount of work in preserving. So, when I have too much I give the runty fruit and the peelings to my chickens. And, this year I had a lot of peaches at once and so I simply dropped the nicer whole, unpeeled ones in freezer bags and froze them: I can peel them and turn them into dessert later this winter.
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Do you let them ripen prior to preserving, or do you start preserving soon after harvesting them?
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Pear juice is excellent for sweetening sliced peaches, applesauce, etc. if you like things really sweet. Children generally love pear juice. Pear juice can be used in BBQ sauce or other sauces to go with meat
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Pear juice is excellent for sweetening sliced peaches, applesauce, etc. if you like things really sweet. Children generally love pear juice. Pear juice can be used in BBQ sauce or other sauces to go with meat
Yep, crush/squeeze/separate the juice. You can reduce the juice into a syrup and can it.

Look on the labels of bottled juice in the stores. Pear juice is added to many of them to make it sweeter.

Some pear juice syrup mixed with a bit of real cranberry concentrate (real tart and almost no sweet) makes a great tasting mix you pressure can is a perfect way to have a pint of something you can pour in an old 2 liter soda bottle later and fill it with water. It's what those bottled juice companies are doing anyway.
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Do you let them ripen prior to preserving, or do you start preserving soon after harvesting them?
Both.


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Problem solved.

I borrowed a friend's fruit press.
4 trees, (9) 5 gal buckets of pears, 12 gal of juice.

Got 32 pear trees and several Apple trees.
(New problem: gonna run out of carboys.)
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