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Fresh Pear Cake




Every once in a while, I take a detour from making jerky into making something else. This is one of those times.

I’m not much of a ‘farmer’ but this year my pear trees – and blueberry bushes – have been full of fruit thanks to Mother Nature.  So much so it is impossible to eat it all so we’ve been freezing most of it.  All we do is put the fresh fruit into freezer bags and place in freezer.  A ‘no brainer’  even for me.

However, my wife did make the best fresh pear cake . . . super moist and with a topping not unlike a praline.     Also, like to mention the recipe can be used for making an apple cake . . .  and IF you don’t like pralines, you can use a cream cheese frosting on top . . . or so I’m told.

The recipe is below. And, for those who would like to see more about fixing it, please visit this link.

Pear Cake [1]

pearcake_2Ingredients – Cake

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 cups raw diced pears (or apples)

Ingredients – Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 lb. butter (1 stick)

Directions – Cake


  1. Mix all cake ingredients by hand in order given
  2. Pour in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan or spring form pan
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and remove


Directions – Topping


  1. In a saucepan mix all ingredients and bring to a slow boil for 3 minutes
  2. Pour over cake and return to oven for 4 minutes.


PS – For the best blueberry filling ever, visit this link.











Sugar Free | Gluten Free Jerky

Didn’t know jerky contained sugar? or gluten?  Well, technically guess you might say it doesn’t since it is a meat product.  But, depending on the ingredients used to marinate or the seasonings added in when making jerky sticks, you may be getting sugar and/or gluten and not know it.  Those on restricted diets can enjoy jerky by monitoring ingredients used  . . .  both store bought and homemade.

What is Sugar Free?

First, most foods should probably not be labeled ‘sugar free’ but rather ‘no sugar added’ since sugar can be found naturally in many foods.    For those who adhere to a sugar free diet you can visit our webpage – I Can’t Believe It’s Sugar Free – to read more about the difference between sucrose (table sugar)  and  fructose, visit this link. 




What is Gluten?

Now for gluten. This has been a hot topic lately with many foods now being offered as ‘gluten free’.   Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains, ie., wheat, rye and barley.  Therefore, if you are wanting to remove gluten from your diet, check the ingredients on products used for your homemade jerky  – or store bought – to see if any wheat or other grain products are listed.  To see other grains with gluten, visit this link.

If you are gluten intolerant, check all product ingredients for gluten. Wheat products used in some products, ie., worcestershire sauce [1]  may not list wheat products used.  Soy sauce is debatable regarding gluten content with some brands registering minute amounts.   Check on line or call the manufacturer to confirm gluten content for the brand used.

Ssugarfree-worcestershireugar Free |  Gluten Free  Low Salt  Marinade Recipes

To get you started on sugar free / gluten free jerky options, we’ve placed a couple of recipes below that we found on line.


Marinade No. 1   [2]

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried, ground chipolte peppers (optional – makes it spicy!)
  • 1 tablespoon Stevia (or honey)
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 5 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water


sugarfree-soysauceMarinade No. 2   [3]

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic crushed (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup pineapple juice

Each marinade recipe should be good for about three (3) pounds of sliced jerky meat.








Jerky Recap



For those who may not have been with us from the start and may have missed some of the basics, we’re going to recap a few past posts to highlight the main topics associated with making homemade jerky.

Making your own jerky means you know exactly what’s in it. For more on the ingredients in commercial jerky, read  “4 Good Reasons to Make Your Own Jerky.”


Most of the time you can use items you have around the house, i.e., knives, ovens, plastic bags, etc., but having the best equipment you can afford is a plus, especially if you want to make more than just jerky strips.  The following will give you an idea of equipment needed.

5 Top Jerky Guns  – great for making sticks

Overview of Equipment   –  general items needed

Top Dehydrators   –  best way to make jerky.  There is also an article on hydrators re air circulation:  horizontal vs. vertical



The best part of homemade jerky is that there are no chemical additives.  However,  you do need to know what to use for curing and flavor.

Types of Cure

Dry Rub – Not Just for BBQ

Top 10 Seasonings  



Beef seems to be the meat of choice, but don’t be shy try some of the other meats like buffalo and venison.

Best Beef Cuts for Making Jerky

Fish Jerky

Safe Temperatures for Meat 

Beef: Organic vs. Natural



You don’t need a dehydrator to make jerky, you can use your home oven or over the outdoor grill.

How to Grill / Smoke Jerky

Making Jerky in Home Oven



Perfect Jerky for Dogs

Not All Woods are Safe for Smoking

9 Jerky No-No’s



These are just a few of the topics we’ve covered over the years. To review other topics that might be of interest,  i.e., shipping to military personnel,  comparisons of beef vs. buffalo, etc. take a moment and peruse our site map at this link   where all posts are listed.  Thank you!