No waste spiced pear syrup, jam and marmalade

With the official beginning and switch of seasons, the time for cozy and spiced treats made with autumnal ingredients has come. The other weekend we finally went to our small house in the mountains where we have planted several trees with apples and pears. Since we normally have quite the busy schedule this was the first time in months, we managed to get there, so it came by no surprise to us that the trees were waiting for us with many new fruits. Sadly, many had already overripen and did not look good enough to be consumed. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was to throw them away because no one will eat them. As a person who really tries to avoid food waste, I just couldn’t stand this idea. That’s why I challenged myself to figure out a way how to make a use of the overripen. As many of you already probably know, the best way to preserve a fruit is by adding sugar to it. And what do you do when you add sugar to fruits? Yes, that’s right – jam and syrup. So, I collected all the pears and made sure that nothing went to waste. Firstly, I made a spiced pear syrup by boiling the pears in water with sugar and spices. From the pieces left after I sifted it, I made a marmalade and the whole fruits I turned into a fruit jam. Just from 2 kg of pears I proved to myself how many different things you can actually prepare and enjoy with pride afterwards. 

Spiced pear syrup: 

2 kg pears 

1 kg sugar (half white, half brown) 

2 l of water 

2 cinnamon sticks 

1 tsp. nutmeg 

2 tsp. ginger powder 

For marmalade:

*tiny pieces left in the sift 

For jam:

Whole pears left after sifting 

What to do?

  1. In a large pot put all the ingredients listed above.
  2. Put heat on high and wait until it starts boiling. 
  3. Afterwards lower down the heat and let the liquid simmer for around 30-40 minutes.
  4. Sift the liquid one or two times until it becomes nice and clear.
  5. In the same pot transfer the whole peeled fruits and leave to boil until all the liquid has evaporated and it has a nice jamy consistency. 
  6. In a smaller pot place the tiny pieces left from the sift and boil repeat the same process.
  7. Voila, there you have it – 3 different foods from one simple ingredient. 

The best thing is that all three can be consumed in various ways – from desserts and cocktails to bread spreads and cheese sides. 

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