How to make Pear Honey from your peelings. Taste absolutely wonderful!
8 cups of Pear Juice (From your pear peels)
4 cups of Sugar
Juice from one Lemon (Optional)
Liquid Pectin (Optional, Use if honey doesn't thicken)
1/2 tsp of cinnamon (Optional)
1: Put peels in a large stainless steel pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil gently until very soft. Put in refrigerator and let set overnight. This lets the flavor soak in. Squeeze through a cheese cloth or run through a foley food mill, liquid along with the peels. I used the food mill on mine.
2: Take this and let it drip through a jelly bag. Do not squeese it through or it will be real cloudy. If you don't have a jelly bag, you can sit a strainer over a large kettle and line it with a clean white hankerchief and pour your mixture on this. It will drip through just as good. I keep new hankies just for using this way.
3: Measure 8 cups of the strained juice into a clean pot and bring to a boil. When it is boiling vigorously, add your lemon juice and sugar. Bring back to a boil and boil rapidly until it gets to the consistancy of honey. Usually about 30 minutes.
Note: You don't want to boil longer 30 to 40 minutes, it will harden when processed. It will thicken if you have good juice, if you used too much water and not enough peels to make a good juice then it may not thicken. If it doesn't then you can add liquid pectin to help it thicken.
4: If it doesn't get to the consistancy you want, do not worry. Remove from heat and stir in one or two packages of liquid pectin. This will help it set the way it needs to.
5: Stir and pour into clean sterile jars.
6: Process in a water bath canner for 5 minutes.
7: Remove lid and wait 5 more minutes before removing from canner.
8: Cool, Label and Store
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do..it is one of the best fruit honeys I know of.