Spiced Pickled Pears

Yield: 6 pints
3 cups light brown sugar
3 cups white corn syrup
2 cups white vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons whole cloves
4 quarts quartered pears

Cook sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, and spices for 18 minutes. Pour syrup into large, glass sterilized jar. Add pears and cook in boiling water bath until almost tender. Pour cooked syrup into enameled pan and cook until thick. Place a few cooked pears into hot pint jars, adding thick syrup and pears alternately.

**Out of a cook book, The Legendary Illinois Cookbook, published in 1982