Spiced Pear Jam Recipe
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Spiced Pear Jam Recipe

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Years ago, my in-laws had three pear trees on their acreage and gave us all the fruit that we wanted to pick. So I canned plenty of pears. Then a neighbor passed along this favorite recipe. I've given many jars of this jam as gifts. Day to day, we enjoy it on toast with ham and eggs or on hot rolls with a meat. —Karen Bockelman, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 40 min. Process: 10 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 40 min. Process: 10 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 8 cups chopped or coarsely ground peeled pears (about 5-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

81 calories: 2 tablespoon, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 0g protein .


  1. Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven. Simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until thick, stirring occasionally. Stir more frequently as the mixture thickens.
  2. Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Carefully ladle into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 6 half-pints.
Editor's Note: This recipe does not require pectin.
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 Spiced Pear Jam in Country Woman July/August 1994, p29

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Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"I made this jam for Christmas presents saving a jar for myself, thank goodness I did, it is really good. I also did the brown and white sugar togetherness (1/2 and 1/2) and 1/4 tsp nutmeg like others suggested. I never processed for 10 minutes in boiling water they sealed just fine. It is excellent on pork chops and as a glaze on ham and of course on warm rolls and toast. Defiantly a keeper Thx Karen"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"Nice jam"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"I hope this worked out right for did not set like regular jam....did I do it right?? can someone tell me if this is normal...thanks ....I have not opened the jam yet to taste it but it smells great."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2014

"I made this jam for my husband and he loved it. I did use 2C brown & 2C white sugar. This recipe is a hit. I will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"I have been making jam in my new Ball jam maker, it is so much fun. I love pears and wanted something a little spiced up and zingy. This is a great recipe, I adjusted it for the machine & the amount of jam I was making. I also used half brown sugar as 99504bake mentioned. Thanks for the tips, the jam came out amazing. I decorated jars for Xmas and gave them as's that good!"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"I'm new to canning this year and decided to start when I received two big bags filled with pears from my in laws. I found this recipe on the website and had to try it. It was so easy to make and tasted great. I gave some to my parents to try and they loved it as well and want to learn how to make it!"

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2013

"I switched out 1cup of sugar for 1 cup of brown sugar and added nutmeg after reading another review. Peeling the pears is made easier by dunking in boiling water first which loosens the peel for easier scrapping off with no fruit lost."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"this recipe is awsome!!! love it!!"

Vicki Spurling
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"I didn't have enough pears, so I added some apples to it. Just awesome! Thanks for the recipe, a keeper for sure."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I tried this recipe to help use all the pears from my tree. It is one of the best jams I've ever tasted and friends I've shared with agree. Thank you for this recipe. Yummy!!"

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