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Making Jams and Jellies

Pear Preserves

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 6 medium cored, pared, hard, ripe pears, cut in halves or quarters (about 2 lbs)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 thinly sliced lemon

Yield: About 5 half-pint jars

Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.

Procedure: : Combine 1½ cups sugar and water; cook rapidly for 2 minutes. Add pears and boil gently for 15 minutes. Add remaining sugar and lemon stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until fruit is clear, about 25 minutes. Cover and let stand 12 to 24 hours in refrigerator.

Sterilize canning jars. Heat fruit and syrup to boiling. Pack fruit into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Cook syrup 3 to 5 minutes, or longer if too thin. Pour hot syrup over fruit, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; adjust two-piece metal canning lids.. Process in a Boiling Water Canner.

NOTE: Small pears may be preserved whole with stem intact; peel pears and wash stem well. For best flavor, Kiefer pear preserves should be stored in a cool, dry place from 3 to 5 weeks after processing before using. A piece of preserved ginger may be added to each jar.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Pear Preserves in a boiling water canner.
  Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Half-pints
or Pints
5 min 10 15

 


This document was adapted from "So Easy to Preserve", 5th ed. 2006. Bulletin 989, Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens. Revised by Elizabeth L. Andress. Ph.D. and Judy A. Harrison, Ph.D., Extension Foods Specialists.

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