Seckel Pears with Honey and Ginger

October 23, 2008

Hey folks, it’s been awhile since I wrote a post, but I’m back.

I’ve been hard at work getting things going to sell this delicious jams. I’m currently looking around for commercial kitchen space to rent. But, once I’m done with that and I get my food processor’s license, I should be in pretty good shape to start selling things.

I might even get things to market before the holidays. We’ll see…

The name for these tasty little treats is going to be quince & apple. Here’s the proposed logo:

But, in the midst of doing all this I have found time to make one jam that I really liked: Seckel Pears with Honey and Ginger.

I’ve always loved Seckels the best of all the pears because of their size, texture and flavor. They’re tiny, so they’re adorable. They’re more firm than Bartletts, but less so than Boscs. And, they have a strong pear flavor which carries some spice notes along for good measure.

So, I thought this recipe would be really good, with the honey and the ginger playing off of the Seckels’ spice overtones.

The method for this recipe is really quite simple.

Peel the pears (this is really annoying, just as a heads up).

Then, you cut ’em up, mix ’em with sugar, honey and grated fresh ginger, bring them to a simmer and put them in the fridge over night in a ceramic bowl with a parchment lid. The next day, you bring them mix to a simmer and add apple jelly for pectin content.

Simmer, reduce and can.

Here’s the final result:

Also, I wanted to thank another blogger at Straight from the Farm who put up a really nice post about my Ground Cherry Chamomile Jam and I wanted to congratulate another reader, Kathryn, who adapted the recipe to win second place in her local CSA recipe contest.

Go team david matthew readers!

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6 Responses to “Seckel Pears with Honey and Ginger”

  1. Scott Says:

    Love the logo and the name. Welcome back and keep up the great work.


  2. this logo is amazing! you are my blogging/jamming/entrepreneurial hero!

  3. Barry Says:

    Lol, looks like somebody reads McSweeney’s.

  4. Barry Says:

    Also, turn off the “Snap Shot Preview” on those links, it’s made of fail.

  5. RGL Says:

    I just bought some seckel pears at a great Amish food auction and want to preserve them. This sounds like a great recipe. I am new to this so when you say “can”. Do you mean just put them in jars or do you mean sterilized jars and the whole boiling process?

    • davidmatthew Says:

      By canning, I just mean putting in jars the traditional way, not actually putting them in metal cans. Good luck! I hope it turns out!


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