For another twist on pears canned in plain sugar syrup, try mulling your pears in red wine with sugar and mulling spices. Similar to the vodka pears, these pears and their syrup have all kinds of uses for this winter. Serve them on their own as you would poached pears. Add to a winter fruit compote, serve over ice cream, make a delicious holiday drink out of them and/or their syrup, or float them in your favorite holiday punch.
-pears, peeled, cored, and quartered
-mulling spices (cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice berries)
-1 bottle red wine
-1/2 c sugar
-> Pack pears into sterilized jars with mulling spices (one cinnamon stick, and 3-4 cloves and/or allspice berries).
Heat wine and sugar over medium heat in a medium saucepan until sugar is dissolved and wine is almost at boiling point.
Pour over pears packed in sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch of head space. Remove any air bubbles, place lids on , and screw on screw bands. Process in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes at 6 lbs of pressure.
~*TIP: Don't use a wine to can with that you wouldn't drink on its own. If you don't like the flavor before you sweeten and spice it, chances are you won't like it after either. *~