Anyway, this is our sorry attempt at a "Desperate Housewives" pose. I am on the left discovering that I do not have a "seductive" look in my repertoire. Funny that my sister does and she isn't married. Maybe I used to have one and just forgot how to use it. Sorry Doc! I guess I'll spend some of my spare time practicing in the mirror. Or I would if I had spare time.
Anyway, back to canning. It helps to have a designated helper. Lou, Lou was ours.
It also helps to have distractions for the slew of other children you might have running wild through the house while you are trying to work. We had various activities including watching the farm cats outside, swinging in the baby swing, and playing nintendo with your cousin watching.
(Just a note here...It is not advisable to bite your cousin in a mad frenzy over said nintendo as doing so will result in a spanking on the hiney.)
You will also need a good peeler. Pear skin happens to be tougher than apple skin (fyi).
However, people skin is not tougher than pear skin or apple skin. Be careful with the peeler or you may need first aid like me.
You will also need a ginormous canning pot. While you are peeling and peeling and peeling, start some water boiling in this big daddy because it take a long time to boil.
After you peel for what may seem like forever, you cook the pears in a syrup made of water and sugar. You also have to boil the lids to the jars (which by the way at this point are being sanitized in the dishwasher).
When the pears are done, you fill the jars with them. After you put the fruit in, you fill it the rest of the way with the syrup.
Then you watch and wait and cook the next batch of pears. And repeat for the rest of the day only to realize that you have only gone through about half of the pears.
Then after 20 minutes you grab these babies...
They prove to be VERY handy when you are trying to extract fiery hot jars from boiling hot water. Nifty tools for sure.