Peel zest from half the lemon and squeeze out the juice
Add this to a pan wth all other ingredients (apart from the pears) and heat gently to dissolve sugar then raise temperature and boil.
Peel the pears and half lengthways leaving on the stalk but removing the core
Add pears to the boiling pickling liquid then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes till pears tender enough for a skewer to be insterted easily
Pack pears into a big sterilised jar
Raise temperature and boil pickling liquid for 5 minutes then pour over the pears and pop on the lid
Set aside for 2-3 weeks to mature then serve
These sweet and sour pickled pears will keep for up to 6 months unopened. Once opened store in fridge and use within a month.Serve with cheese, pate, with turkey and game or chopped like a chutney for sandwiches etc.