Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pear Butter

Last weekend when I was at our local orchard, I picked up a 5# bag of utility Bartlett pears for $1.75.  I couldn't pass up that deal.  They weren't the prettiest pears I've seen, but I figured we would eat them right up.  Well, even though they looked ripe, they were quite hard.  I tried ripening them on the counter, but they just started rotting at the core.  So, I got busy and decided they would make excellent Pear Butter.  Now, I have never made Pear Butter before, but I made Apple Butter with my mom one year.  I got on the Internet and got a recipe that sounded good.  I tweaked it a little and this is what I came up with.

4 lbs of pears cored and chopped

1/2 - 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want it.)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup white grape juice

100_3769Place cut pears in slow cooker with 1/2 c water.  Cook on high 6-7 hours or until soft.  (You could do this quicker on the stove, but I was busy with school and couldn't keep an eye on it so I went for the ease of the slow cooker.)  Once soft run it through a food mill.  (I then placed it in the fridge to finish it up the next day.)

100_3771 Place pulp in a large stock pot add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and juice.  Cook on low heat until mixture is thick and molds to spoon. (This took about 3 hours.)  Place in hot jars, clean rims, place on lids and bands.  Hot water bath for 10 minutes.  Yields about 3 pints. 




I used half-pint jars, skipped the hot water bath and placed them in my freezer.




We will be enjoying this on our toast on chilly winter mornings or as a snack after a invigorating afternoon of sledding!


  1. You are one industrious woman! Your pear butter sounds amazing and it's something my kids could eat. I'll have to consider making some next year when we are in our own place!

  2. Jenn this sounds sooo good. Too bad we probably live too far from one another. I have pears coming out of my ears and you could have had them for free!

  3. Wow, can you believe I've never heard of this? I like apple butter so I might like this too. I love the fall/winter comfort food.


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