This is a quick one. A bushel of hard pears and little time. Make pear and rum pickles! Absolutely delicious alone or over vanilla ice cream.
Peam and Rum Pickles
4 quarts cider vinegar
4 lbs sugar
Simmer to disslove sugar
Add 6 quarts peeled, cored, quartered pears.
Simmer briskly for 30 minutes
Pack hot into quart jars, and add 2 tbs spiced rum, 1/2 tsp pieces of cinnamon stick, and two whole cloves to each quart.
Cover with vinegar mixture to 1/2 inch of top.
Process 40 min. in boiling water bath.
Leftover vinegar? It's great to drink hot or iced. Heat and spiced rum for a yummy toddy. Guaranteed to cure a cold - or at least make you not care anymore.