Poached Pears or Peaches 

I am poaching pears at the end of the season because they are not as bright and firm as they were earlier in the season. But this gives you fresh canned pears in quantity.

In 5 qt short sided all-clad pan bring:
1 qt water and
1 lb sugar to a boil.
Add a lemon half if you have it.

Peel and core pears into halfs and put in the boiling water with their middle sides up. Simmer with the lid on just 15 minutes until they are white throughout.

This keeps them from browning and gives them a lovely consistent texture.

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