I spent a couple hours yesterday and today pickling jalapenos and canning pears.

Ending up using the recipe at Food In Jars Blog for the jalapeno’s (for other folks who can, she’s got some cool looking recipes, some of its fancier than I go for, especially since I”m not much of a jelly or jam person, but cool).

For the pears I went to Pick Your Own and used their basic canned pears recipe.  Lots of recipes all over for pears, but since this is the first time I’ve done this I wanted it plain and simple.  Sides, there’s lots more pears to use up and I can play around with those once I know that I know what I’m doing.

Lids sealed up nice on all the jars.  Ended up with 4 of pickled jalapenos (in retrospect I didn’t pack them tight enough and if I had it would have been 3, oh well), and 4 of pears (which I packed better).  We’ll give them a few days to set and then pop one of each to try.

My dad’s offered to bring over their pressure canner next time they come since he’s not using it.  Can’t wait to play around with the next batch of jalapenos and pears!

(Speaking of the Food in Jars Blog, she’s got recipes for Mint Simple Syrup, Vanilla Syrup, Rhubarb Syrup, and even Vanilla Extract…..I might just have to plant a patch of mint next year after all!)