I did not read the reviews prior to making this and wish I did. I usually do...anyway, I doubled this recipe and when I started pouring the sugar I thought 16 cups was a lot, so I put in 12 cups. I used everything else exactly and I added another 2 oz of pectin (so 6 altogether). There were definitely not enough pears. I pureed what was in there and added an additional 12 cups (making it 24 cups altogether). The 12 cups I diced and cooked them in another pan with just water. I then aded them to the syrup. It was still too sweet, so to counteract the sweetness I added 3 more tbsp of lemon juice (making it 5 tbsp altogether). I ended up with 30 - 8 oz. jars. The preserves are still very very sweet. I thought about putting it on ice cream or maybe adding it into bread recipes and don't use an additional sugar in your bread recipes. My son LOVED this on toast, and he has a sweet tooth.
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I did not read the reviews prior to making this and wish I did. I usually do...anyway, I...