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Our pear trees are heavy with pears. I need to take time to go and pick them soon before the deer, bugs and yellow jackets eat them all.

I’m not exactly sure what kind of pear they are even. I just know they are crisp, juicy and good.

And that we sure love them. I thank the family who had the farm before us for planting them.

As a matter of fact, I think I’ll call my Grandmother Earlene when I get back and see if she’d like to come over and make pear preserves with me. She has always made the best pear preserves.

And I probably will make a pear tart and some pear hand pies (we call them fried pies around here). But I’m not really sure what else to make with them. There are just so many this year. And they are gorgeous.

Do you have any other ideas of what I can make with them? I’d love to hear them.

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  1. My sweet grandma just brought over several jars of Pear Butter she made! I don’t know the recipe, but it is delicious!!

  2. My mother in law cans hers with cinnamon and spices. Throughout the year, she uses them for cobbler, eating warm over ice cream, and eating with oatmeal for breakfast. Yum!

  3. We canned them… And then you can eat them all winter! NOthing more sweet then juice … yoplait even has yoghurt with pears in them. I didn’t like the artificial flavor of that one…but the combination would be awesome!

  4. I love to make something that we made growing up on the farm called pears and dumplings. Everyone knows what chicken and dumplings is right? Pears and dumplings are similar but sweet. Cooking the pears in water with sugar and a bit of cinnamon. We made home made biscuit dough with milk, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. With the pears nearly done, we would drop heaping teaspoonfulls of the dough, with the liquid at a rolling boil, into the pot slowly to give each one time to seal over from the boiling ingredients. Never stir fruit and dumplings.After adding the last one turn the temp to medium low and Let them simmer til cooked thoroughtly, apx.30 to 45 minutes. It will depend on how many pears you cook as to how much biscuit dough you use. You want a good ratio of both. We ate Blackberry and dumplings, Blueberries and dumplings, apples and dumplings, peaches and dumplings,in addition to the pears and dumplings. Most any fruit that is used to make a cobbler can be made into fruit and dumplings. We always had fresh milk from the cows and would put a little on top of the bowl full of it.

  5. A pear tree of your own–you are lucky! I have made a delicious “Pear Pandowdy” several times…it’s basically like apple crisp, with just a crust on top, but made with pears. I got the recipe from the Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, the author is that man who started Cooks Illustrated or the Cook’s Bible. Send me an email if you’d like the recipe-it’s really yummy.

  6. I’m a big fan of just freezing them (peeled and sliced) for future pies, preserves, jams, etc. Although, I do love a fresh pear!