Pear Preserves Recipe
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Pear Preserves Recipe

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In the fall we would go to our farm and pick pears and apples. Then we'd build a campfire and roast hot dogs. Later we'd all get together and make big batches of these tasty preserves. —Tammy Watkins, Greentop, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours Process: 10 min.
MAKES:56 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours Process: 10 min.
MAKES: 56 servings


  • 16 cups peeled, sliced fresh pears (about 16 medium)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 79 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a stockpot, combine pears, sugar, water and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until mixture reaches a thick, spreadable consistency.
  2. Remove from heat. Ladle hot mixture into seven hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 7 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Pear Preserves in Canning & Preserving 2014 Bookazine 2014, p29

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shannondobos User ID: 5115022 254366
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"I'm the first reviewer of such a fantastic recipe?! I halved this recipe to try it out, and wish I made the full batch. This is delicious way to use up an abundance of pears that always seem to ripen at the same time. I must have used a different variety of pear than that in the photo by Taste Of Home, as mine held a nice yellowy shade even after processing. I'll keep this recipe handy for the future."

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