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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Summer has supplied a bumper crop of pears in our area. Thankfully-I had access to more than a few.

Granny's Pear Preserves recipe has been handed down through her family. I like it-because it's tasty-and so easy to make.


First peel the pears, Next quarter, slice into slivers-as big or as small as you like


Place in bowl, pour sugar over, stir, cover, and let sit overnight in the frig (use 1 1/2 cups sugar for every 2 quarts of pears-you can use more or less sugar to taste)


After sitting over night-cook pears in large pot for 30 min. The pears will have made a little juice while sitting-however you will need to add additional water to the pot prior to cooking.

Ladle hot pears into hot jars, adjust 2-piece caps. Process 10 min in boiling-water canner.


The pear preserves are great over biscuits, warmed up and served as a side-dish, or straight out of the jar-that's how the girls eat them. I take pleasure in thinking about women from past generations of my family making the preserves-almost as much pleasure as I get from eating them.

Each summer we put up food for the coming winter-but this summer I feel pressured to try and add additional supplies to our canning shelves. I'm sure the angst I'm feeling is due to the state of our economy. What about you-have you put up more than usual? Or maybe you've been adding a few extra items in the shopping cart each week?

Tipper

p.s. If you have any questions about the Preserves you can email me at tipper@blindpigandtheacorn.com

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