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Pear Preserves

Total Time

Prep: 2 hours Process: 10 min.

Makes

7 half-pints

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
Pear Preserves Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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