When the children were growing up I used to make up bottles and bottles of jams, jellies, pickles and conserves every year. It was just a matter of course and something which I really loved to do and it all got used. The end of August and months of September/October my house was filled with the smells of a great harvest being put up for the winter months. It was a glorious smell. A Home Sweet Home kind of a smell. Not to brag or anything but one year I did up 52 quarts of Dill Pickles and yes . . . . every single pickle got eaten!
There are only two of us in the house now and one of us is a diabetic and so I don't do much in the way of preserving or pickling any more. Only the occasional thing that I want to try or that I feel we will use or which will make good gifts for giving.
We have had a bumper crop of pears this year! A really bumper year and they are not a fruit which stores well, and so they mostly have to be done up. Pear sauce, frozen for pies and crumbles and today I decided to make a small batch of pear jam.
But not just any kind of pear jam . . . Pear, Vanilla and Cardamom Jam! Sweet and vanilla scented with a hint of cardamom spice, which is a warm and comfy spice and which goes very well with pears.
Just look at that beautiful amber jam and all of those lovely flecks of vanilla and cardamom. I used conference pears which is what we have. They can be a bit harder than other pears, but they cooked down rather well. I used a food chopper to chop them up. I have one of those ones you punch up and down. I did it right in the pot. it worked fine.
Pear Jam isn't something which you see done very often. I don't think I have ever seen it in the shops. This will be a real treat in the winter months to come and I have to say . . . I did have a little taste and it is very, VERY delicious indeed!
If you only make one kind of jam this autumn, let it be this. You will not be sorry. I guarantee!
*Pear, Vanilla and Cardamom Jam*Makes 3 1/2 pints
A delicious jam with lovely flavours.
Happy Fall Y'all! Bon Appetit!