Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pear Preserves

My husband has mentioned about 100 times that his mom used to make pear preserves.  A hint maybe?  I think so!  With all of the canning and preserving I've done in the past year or so I've never made Pear Preserves so it's about time.

I searched far and wide for a simple recipe that did not require much prep.  While I had the entire weekend off, I also wanted to be able to take it easy.  I found what I was looking for at cooks.com.  The recipe doesn't say anything about peeling the pears so I left the skins on and just removed the cores and a few bruises.

PEAR PRESERVES 
Adapted from COOKS.COM

Ingredients:
12 c. sliced pears (approx 12 pears)
9 c. sugar
1 fresh lemon, sliced thin


 Directions:
Core and slice pears.
Cover pear slices with sugar and let stand overnight. Enough liquid will be produced to allow cooking without adding water.

Stir to mix pears, sugar, and juice. Add lemon slices. Bring to simmer and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until pears are tender, clear, and caramel colored and liquid is consistency of honey. This will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I actually simmered for 2 1/2 hours.

Pour preserves into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headroom and seal with sterilized lids.

The original directions did not specify how many pints or half pints in this recipe.  I ended up with 9 half-pints, 1 pint and an additional jar for the fridge because I ran out of new lids.The directions also did not state how long to process in the water bather canner.  I chose to use 15 minutes for the half-pints and 20 for the pints.  I live at sea-level so you will need to adjust for altitude.

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38 comments:

  1. This looks like it will be delicious. Good for you for trying this recipe. I have not done any canning. It's one of those "scary" things on my list of things to do one day. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by Posed Perfection for a visit soon and maybe even a follow back. Have a great week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. I was a bit intimidate when I first started. I only remember my mom preserving food once so this was really new. It's so much fun once you get comfy with it! I'll be sure to stop by!

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  2. I've never heard of pears preserves. Both my kids love pears so I think I will have to give this a try especially when pears are not in season and get expensive. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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    1. Thanks Karri! Pear just happened to be on special at the farmer's market so this was perfect!

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  3. Have you ever tried dehydrated pears? Oh. My. candy. :D I don't can much fruit, myself (though I wish I could), since I'm sugar free, and I try to avoid fructose as well. :(

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    1. I don't have a dehydrator...yet! Since this was my first time attempting this recipe I didn't change a thing. Next time I'll probably use half the sugar.

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  4. I love pears. My daddy has a pear tree. I should try these.

    I hope you'll stop by my link up- http://www.five4fivemeals.com/main/2012/8/30/friday-five-link-up-aug-31-2012.html

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  5. OK I just found you through DIY Dreamer and the pears caught my eye because we just got Pears for the first time on our Pear tree!! I must try this! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!
    Terry

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  6. This looks really good! I haven't been able to get my hands on any good pears this year - Bummer. I am jealous :)

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  7. This looks delicious. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  8. This looks amazing. Pears are one of my favorite fruits. Reading all these comment about pear trees makes me a little jealous. Like you, I think I will head to the Farmers Market and buy some. Your newest follower. Cheers! www.feralturtle.com

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  9. If you have too much.. send some over here! YUM!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  10. Ooh yum, sounds great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  11. Sure sounds good, there are 2 loaded pear trees at the end of my road, I'd sure love to ask if they're going to be used:@)

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  12. this looks awesome! I wish the kudzu hadn't gotten to my pear tree this year. WE trimmed it back so hopefully in two years I'll have a great harvest. Love for you to share this at my party! http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/09/pin-inpsiration-50.html

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  13. That looks delish! I will have to try it as pears are just coming into season.

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  14. Hello Mary, I found you through StoneGable Tutorials Tips and Hints and I was intrigued by your Pear Preserve. I have made jam, chutney and marmalade and Ivy, my grandmother used to preserve a lot of fruits and vegetables, so I am looking forward to trying this. Best Wishes Daphne

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  15. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing this week at The Gathering Spot. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. Your pear preserves sound wonderful!

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  17. This looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

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  18. So great! I haven't made preserves in a while, but I want to get back on that ball for sure! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  19. I've never tasted pear preserves -- I bet it's marvelous.

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  20. I have been doing a lot of canning this year and I love it! I have never had pear preserves, but think they would be good.

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friends Friday! I hope you will come back on Sunday and vote for your favorite. Also, bring another great recipe for next week!

    Oh yeah, I am now a follower - Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.blogspot.com

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  21. Nothing better that homemade jam. Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That" Hope you entered the giveaway while you were there.
    Marcie

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  22. Yum!!! Thank you for sharing this at the Carnival of Home Preserving!

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  23. This sounds very easy! I need to tackle this! My name is Cindy and I blog over at Vegetarianmamma.com I wanted to invite you to link up your recipe at our Gluten Free Fridays Recipe Link up party! It happens every Friday and we'd love to have you join us with some of your awesome recipes! You can find this week's link up here: http://vegetarianmamma.com/glutenfree-fridays-recipe-party-4/ It doesn't mean that you have to be a gluten free bloggers. If you have some recipes on your blog that are gluten free that counts! :) Many recipes are naturally gluten free.
    Thanks, Cindy :)

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  24. I have a Pear Preserves recipe I would love to share if anyone is interested. I got it from my mother-in-law many years ago and it is wonderful. Not only do you not peel the pears, you don't have to use a hot water bath. I haven't made them in years what with working and raising kids but if I can get some pears I will make them again. After I made them I found out my husband didn't like pear preserves so I ended up eating them all myself. I don't know if they were so good because the pears were fresh from a neighbors tree or just because this recipe is so good. Leave a message if you want the recipe.

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  25. Sounds great! I have never done pear, I might have to give it a try! Thanks for linking up on Super Sweet Sunday. Stephanie

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  26. I love pears, this looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to Stop, Look, Link!

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  27. These look good. This is just another thing that is inspiring me to start doing some of my own canning. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

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  28. If I find a great price on pears I will definitely give this one a try. It would be so fun to have my own pear tree. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  29. Hi Mary,
    Thanks so much for this great preserves recipe. Looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/reeses-smore-brownies-and-wednesdays.html
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  30. Oh they look amazing! Featuring today at Mom On Timeout! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. I'll have to keep this recipe handy, just in case I get the chance to make some pear preserves. They look good! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!! Pinning this.

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  32. I just made Pomegranate Jelly for the first time this year and I was so pleased with the way it turned out. I was adding my recipe to Mom on Timeout when I saw your pear preserves. They look wonderful. I usually shy away from preserves but I think I am going to give these a try. www.thatlittletouch.com

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  33. pinned it and shared on fb - can't wait to do this one! Mmmmmm

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