We had a wonderful year for fruit this year in our area. All the trees were laden with peaches, pears, and apples. My Bartletts ripened early this year and I was sure to get some of them into my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer to make wonderful pear nectar. Here’s how I did it:
First I cut the pears into quarters and filled the steamer basket.
While I was doing that, I boiled my lids, bands, and rings and gathered my jars and canning equipment.
I remembered to set the timer to 30 minutes. This is a safe guard against boiling the water pan dry.
After 30, and 60 minutes I check the fruit and juice level. I drain off a quart of juice after 30 minutes to avoid juice flowing through the steam funnel back into the water pan. This is an issue with very juicy fruit like blueberries and grapes. After 60 minutes, I draw off the juice into sanitized quart canning jars.
From about 11 lbs of fruit I get 3 quarts of rich, flavorful pear nectar. When I let the spent fruit sit in the basket for an hour, I got another quart of juice (this I kept in the refrigerator and drank within a week).
I hope you get a chance to juice some pears this year! The juice is wonderful heated up and spiced with cinnamon and ginger in the depths of winter. Enjoy!