I neglected to transfer over my previous blog entries before I deleted the blog, but I thought the Pears entries were worth preserving! The story, briefly, is that Billy Allen gave us at least 40 lbs. of good old hard Florida organic pears from the trees on his farm near Gainesville, and I was interested in making sure this incredible harvest didn’t go to waste! As you can see by the photo on the right, some of the pears were huge! Florida pears, in my experience, have the reputation of being hard as rocks, and tasteless. I found out, through the process, that the bad rep was for the most part, undeserved! At some point, they ripen and can be eaten fresh with no regrets! And if cooked while still on the verge of ripeness, they soften up, sure enough! I wanted to be sure I got some recipes that used authentic
Florida pears, not the soft and fragrant Bartlett or D’anjous, so I went to the old Ward Cookbook from the 1980’s and found Lee Weaver’s recipe for Pear Mince. On the way, I found an old recipe from Joan Stewart, for Applesauce Raisin Bread. The spooky coincidence here is that on the same page as Joan Stewart’s recipe, was another recipe right below it, for “Joan Howell’s Best Ever White Bread.” Who knew, that 20 years later, Joan Stewart would remarry and her name would be Joan Howell?
While I was in the kitchen, Grayzie bugged me non-stop for fruit samples. Grayzie and Bob, who are descended from lab animals, are obsessed with fruit. I ended up with some pear butter, which is very sugary for my taste, but I can put it in
bread or cake, as in Joan Stewart’s bread recipe. Then I also canned some of Lee Weaver’s Pear Mince for future holiday pies, and some Pears in White Grape Juice from the Ball Blue Book. Thank you Billy Allen, for the pears! How lucky can we get; free food!