Canning pears is a great, thrifty way to store pears from your harvest for use later in the winter and spring. Storing and canning your pears properly, will ensure you can enjoy them year round. This is a guide about canning pears.
I am looking for canning recipes for pears.
By Donna from Chickamauga, GA
The Ball canning book has a number of recipes and canning info. I have followed the directions there for "regular" pears and also cinnamon pears. Both were delicious.
I like to make pear juice. It helps if you have a good juicer. I wash, peel and cut into pieces to fit the hole in the top of the machine and juice making sure I have some fruit fresh in the receiving container to keep the juice from turning brown, no sugar added. I water bath in quart jars for 5 minutes after it come back to a boil.
My pear tree is full this year and I'm wondering what to do with all of them. Last year we gave so many away that not everyone could eat all of them and some went to waste. Can I can them and how do I do this?
Absolutely yes, pears can be canned. Years ago I did them by the 40 pound box. Peel the pears, cut in half or quarters, removing core, put in a sterilized jar and cover with a simple syrup (sugar and water, boiled together, sorry, I forget the amounts, but if the pears are sweet, you can make a light syrup and omit some calories). Seal and then I think you have to water bath process them. Again, I can't remember how long, but I bet the instructions would be on the Kerr or Bernadin websites. (08/25/2005)
Canning pears is easy. Leave the peel on or take it off, leave the pear in halves or in chunks. Make a thin sugar syrup (1 cup sugar to 2 cups water), pour over pear pieces in jar and process for 15 - 20 minutes depending on the jar size. Just be careful, process them too long and you will have mush.
Another option is to slice the pears, peeled first, into thin slices, dip in lemon juice, and dehydrate. Kids love it! (08/25/2005)
If you find you tire of canning pears please consider giving them to your local food bank. They are in desperate need of fresh foods to give to families who have a hard time eating properly regardless of the time of year. Thank you for your consideration. (08/25/2005)
If you are concerned with recipes using pears, go to
Cooks.com and put pears in the search line. (08/25/2005)
How about some pear butter? I use the "Ball Canning Guide" recipe, except I remove all peels and cores and discard. I get the lightest, cleanest tasting treat! Give it a try. (08/26/2005)
Try pear preserves they are delicious on hot biscuits. (08/26/2005)
Pears also make wonderful jam and pies! (08/26/2005)
My mom canned the pears from our tree when I was younger and I substituted them for the bananas in a banana nut bread recipe, without the nuts, and it was fantastic! You've got to try it! (09/22/2005)
What is the best free site for recipes for canning pears?
By Laurie from St. George, UT
Go to ball.com. They have a great site. (01/20/2010)
I'm trying to find recipes for canning and preserving pears. My Mom had several recipes that I loved as a kid, but unfortunately she's gone now and no-one seems to know what happened to all her canning recipes.
The ones I'm really interested in are as follows;
Pear Relish (sweet): better than any sweet pickle relish I've ever tasted.
Pear Butter: just like apple butter, but with a very unique and delicious flavor.
Mom also had a way canning pears in their natural juices just like you'd buy in the store. My attempts do duplicate her method have all failed miserably.
Thank You and God Bless.
Magicsmom from Tn
I have a pear tree that is loaded every year. This past year I would peel, core, and slice. Cook for a short time and add cinnamon candies (red hots), stir until dissolved. The red hots make it a pretty pink and has good flavor. This is good to eat right away or freeze in containers. (03/28/2005)
For preserving fruit, one of my favorite ways is to have a fruit and syrup. That preserves the look of the fruit and its nature and color and its shape, sometimes way better than a jelly or a marmalade in terms of having something unique and special. So we're going now to prepare the syrup.
We have two basic kinds of sugar that we can use for making a syrup. You can use white sugar, you can use brown sugar. You will choose either one depending on whether what you care about is looks or if you care about flavor. White sugar will give you the perfect shape and look of your fruit and so on and it will look wonderful in the jar and it will be very, very good. But if you really care about the flavor and you don't care so much that the jar looks a little bit dark, then you will go for dark sugar.
For this instance, we will use white sugar. And basically the mix will be about one cup of sugar for every two cups of water. And you will want to make enough syrup to fill completely the canning jars that you are using so you'll want to prepare a lot.
The most common condiments for fruits will be cinnamon and most people enjoy having a dash of cloves. Be careful with cloves though, it can be too strong for many people.
Wash pears. Do not peel. Slice. Add small amount water to start cooking. Cook until very soft. Press thru sieve. To each cup of pulp add 1/2 c. sugar and spices as desired, such as 1/2 tsp cinnamon to each 3 c. pulp. Cook until thick, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Pour into sterilized jars to within 1/2 inch of top. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes.
This is pretty bland for me so I use the same recipe as I do for apple butter.
Core and slice apples, but do not peel. Cook in very small amount water until soft. Run through sieve. Process same as above. My family is addicted to this apple butter and the pear is just as good. (08/22/2008)