|Ripe seckel pear||12 Pound (Firm Variety)|
|Sugar||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Mixed pickling spices||1 Tablespoon|
|Whole cloves||1 Teaspoon|
|Ginger root piece||1|
|Thinly sliced lemon||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Water||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
|Vinegar||2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)|
Peel pears, leaving whole with stem intact.
Tie spices in a cheesecloth bag; add to remaining ingredients; simmer 5 minutes.
Add pears, a layer at a time, and cook gently until just tender, about 15 minutes.
Carefully remove pears.
Repeat until all pears are cooked.
Pour boiling pickling liquid over pears.
Cover and let stand 12 to 18 hours in a cool place.
Pack pears into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
Remove spice bag.
Bring pickling liquid to a boil.
Pour over pears, leaving 1/4 inch head space.
Remove air bubbles.
Process pints and quarts 15 minutes in boiling water bath.