If you’ve looked at my Flickr lately, you know that this has been a good year for our pear tree. I learned last summer that we were picking the pears too early. Last fall we pruned the tree back pretty severely. We also thinned the pears a little in the spring and early summer. It really paid off–this year’s crop was abundant with big, sweet, juicy pears. We were able to share our bounty with lots of friends. As I was divvying them up, I set aside all of the less-than-perfect pears and made some pear sauce from them.

I added a 1-2 tsp. lemon juice and very small amount of water. Next time I’ll probably leave the water out completely. These pears were so juicy I had to strain them before running them through the colander.

I’m very glad to have this colander set. My mom picked it up at a garage sale years ago. It’s the first time I’ve put it to use. The recipes I looked at did not say to run the pears through a colander, but I’ve made applesauce enough with Mom to know that I didn’t want strings in my sauce.

It was still fairly watery so I put it back on the burner and let it simmer for a few more minutes. The pears were very sweet–I only added about 1 1/2 T of sugar. Delicious!

Now I’m anxious for Stuckey Farm’s Golden Delicious apples to ripen. The late spring freeze of 2007 decimated the 2007 apple harvest. This year’s ought to be especially good.

Visit my Flickr to see a few photos of Toby picking pears.