I collected the windfall pears yesterday and started the cleaning job. I got two crock pots full and on between 4 pm and 11 pm with a little help from Katie. I really wasn't dawdling about the job either, even with the TV on (which by the way, one episode of "Quantum Leap" was plenty--what a weird show), so it surprises me to a degree that we didn't get any more than that done.
Anyway, this morning, after wandering about trying to get my head screwed on straight while Savannah and Katherine were out picking a neighbor's garden for her (I was going to go, but Katherine volunteered since I was still drowning in my allergies from my morning chicken feeding jaunt), I decided that I was going to cook the one pot of pears down more and actually make pear butter and that I was going to can the contents of the other pot. Problem. The Convervo doesn't work on the flat top stove. I have never canned any other way. So...to the internet I went. (Mama went with Daddy to a dentist appointment. He's getting the rest of his mercury fillings out today.)
At first, I thought I'd try the pressure cooker method, but then I decided on a water bath. I found a site that gave clear helpful instructions and got started....
I'll finish cleaning pears this afternoon, unless something drastically unexpected happens. I'd better get going then...my chicks are probably ready for lunch #2 by now.