Pear preserves are a delicious and easy treat you can make at home. More unexpected than store-bought strawberry jam, they have a unique taste. Try serving them on toast, with crackers, or on pancakes.
- 6 cups sliced pears (about 5 pounds)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 2oz package of powdered fruit pectin
- 8 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground allspice
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Small canning jars and lids
- Large Saucepan with cover
- Tongs to remove jars from boiling water
Prepare the pears. First, wash the pears thoroughly. Now, peel, core, and slice the pears. The slices should be about 1/2" to 3/4" thick. It should take about 5 pounds to get 6 cups of sliced pears.
Prepare the jars. For preserves, find smaller-size canning jars that will hold the perfect amount of preserves to keep ready for use. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Leave them simmering while you make the pear preserves.
Cook the pears. In a large saucepan, combine the pears, water, and lemon juice. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. The pears will begin cooking down into a syrup and turn into a beautiful golden brown color. Now, stir them to make sure that it is well-mixed.
Adding pectin and sugar. Add the pectin to the pear mixture, and bring to a boil. Next add the white sugar, and stir uncovered until the sugar has dissolved. This will take a while depending on the amount of sugar you are adding. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the brown sugar and spices. Be sure to stir constantly during this process.
Can the preserves. Once the preserves are finished cooking, you'll need to fill your jars. First, carefully remove the jars and lids from the simmering water. Now, fill each jar to within half an inch of the top rim. Wipe rims clean to ensure a good seal, and screw the lids onto the jars. To seal them, place the full jars in boiling water for about 10 minutes.
Storage suggestions. Remove the jars from the water and let sit for several hours without disturbing them. Be careful when removing them, as they will be quite hot. Special jar-holding tongs made for canning come in handy for this task. As long as the lids do not pop up when you press down in the center, they have sealed correctly and you can store them on a shelf for up to a year. One or two may not seal correctly. If this is the case, store these jars in the refrigerator and eat them soon.
Pear preserves are much more tastier and healthier than store-bought jelly. They make an interesting change to your breakfast menu and are something different and tasty to serve. Try them on everything from bread to waffles! Pear preserves also make a great gift.