12 Ways with Pears

Pear season is here!  I’m making three batches of my favorite pear ginger preserves, plus a round of pear cardamom jam, this week. After weeks of spending hours into peeling peaches and pitting cherries, it is so nice to be able to simply core and chop pears. Here are 12 ways to preserve your own pears this fall:

12 Ways with Pears

Infuse It:

Ginger pear vodka via Art & Lemons

Pear liqueur via Healthy Green Kitchen

Pear-infused brandy via Boulder Locavore

 

Can It:

Boozy pear sauce via Local Kitchen

Pear & chocolate jam via Food in Jars

Pear & ginger preserves

Pear apple jam via Sugarcrafter

Pear butter in the slow cooker via Get the Good Stuff!

Pear ginger ginger jam via Cake Walk

Pear juice via Foodie with Family

Pear salsa

Saged pear butter via Tigress in a Jam

What are your favorite ways to put up pears?

Triple Berry Smoothie (with Preserves!)

Triple Berry Smoothie with a Secret Ingredient... Preserves! // Savvy Eats

For the first half of the year, I was pretty consistently having a smoothie for breakfast every morning. Some frozen fruit, a little Greek yogurt, and some juice or milk, a quick whir in the blender, and breakfast was set. It was ideal for me, as I don’t usually have much of an appetite in the mornings. The smoothies were easy to sip throughout the morning as I worked, and were filled with vitamins and minerals and protein. It was a total win!

Of course, when morning sickness set in through most of July and August, my willingness to drink or even make a smoothie dropped off considerably. (Side note: Whoever named it “morning” sickness was lying.) Now that I’m into the second trimester and feeling better, smoothies are sounding considerably more appetizing.

And now I’m making my smoothies with a new secret ingredient: a spoonful of preserves! They add just a touch of sweetness and bring another dimension to the fruit flavor. Why haven’t I thought of this before? The only other change I’ve made to my smoothie routine is to sub out the Greek yogurt for Stonyfield’s new Petit Crème yogurts. They aren’t quite as tart, which I’m loving right now, but they still pack a bunch of protein.

Let’s do this, and make a smoothie with preserves!

Triple Berry Smoothie (with Preserves!)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 1

Triple Berry Smoothie (with Preserves!)

Raspberry preserves add another sweet, fruity dimension to this smoothie. If you don't have raspberry preserves, strawberry jam will also work.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup French or Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons raspberry preserves

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
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Psst: Stonyfield sent me some of their new Petit Crème yogurts to try out, but I was not compensated for this post in any other way.