Preserving your harvest can feel a bit overwhelming, but you’re going to love these delicious preserving pears recipes! These are some of our favorites for preserving our harvest and processing pears to enjoy all year long.
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The Best Pears For Preserving
- Winter Nellis
These varieties should stay good for 3-5 months when stored properly.
This variety should last for 1-3 months.
How To Store Pears Without Processing
Pick pears once the pears have reached full maturity but aren’t completely ripe. Pears like Winter Nellis are meant to be harvested and allowed to ripen off the tree. If you let them ripen on your tree they can spoil from the inside out. Unripe pears are stored best at 30F (1.1C) and 85-90% humidity.
The firmer the pear, typically the better it will do in storage. Temperatures colder than 30F will damage your pears and warmer will allow them to ripen faster. The longer you keep pears stored in the cold, the quicker they will ripen at room temperature.
Preserving Pears Recipes
Whether you grow your own fruit or bought a bunch from the store or local orchard we’ve got some of the best preserving pears recipes for you to try!
Cranberry Pear Preserves
This recipe is one of our favorites preserving pears recipes, the flavor is amazing and it’s so easy to make. We like to serve this at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
- 2 Pounds Cranberries
- 3 Pears cored, peeled & chopped
- 3 Cups Sugar
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Honey
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepot, bring slowly to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil gently until the gelling point. Remove from heat, skim the foam off if needed. Ladle hot preserves into jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace, put the lid on, and adjust the ring on top. Process in a boiling-water canner for 15 minutes.
Another great preserving pears recipes option is pear sauce, this is similar to apple sauce and a really great way to process your pears.
- 2 1/2 -3 1/2 pounds pears per quart
- sugar (optional)
Wash apples, drain, peel, core & quarter pears. Cook pears until soft in a large covered pan, with just enough water, to prevent sticking. Puree pears, then return them to a saucepot. Add 1/4 cup sugar per pound of apples or to taste. Bring to a boil and stir to prevent sticking. Maintain at a boil, while filling jars. Ladle sauce into jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, put the lid on top, and adjust the ring on top. Process pints & quarts for 20 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Cinnamon Pears In Juice
Another terrific preserving pears recipes is canning pears in juice. This is really easy to make, and a great way to process your fruit.
- 1- 1 1/2 Pounds Pears per pint of Ball Fruit-fresh produce protector
- White Grape juice or Apple Juice
- Stick of Cinnamon
Wash pears; cut into halves, core, peel. Treat with fresh fruit to prevent darkening, drain rinse, and drain again. Cook pears in water one layer at a time until hot. Heat juice until just to a boil. Pack hot pears into pint jars cavity side down leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Place a cinnamon stick in each jar. Ladle hot juice over pears again leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe the rim of the jar with a cloth or paper towel, put the lid on top, and adjust the ring on top. Process in a boiling-water canner for 20 minutes.
Pear butter is another great preserving pears recipes, this is one of my favorites that we make every season. Try our Pear Butter Recipe!
How To Make Dried Pears
Drying pears is another fabulous preserving pears recipe. We love to make these for snacks or toss them into our homemade granola.
Wash, core & peel pears.
Cut into 1/2 inch slices, quarters, or halves. Dry at 130 – 135F degrees until leathery with no wet pockets. Put in a jar or plastic bag.
Pear Jam Recipe
Another great idea when you are looking for preserving pears recipes is pear Jam:
4 Cups peeled, cored and finely chopped pears
7 1/2 Cups Organic Raw Sugar
1 Pouch Liquid Pectin
Combine pears, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepot, bring slowly to a boil, and stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in liquid pectin and return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stir constantly. Remove from heat, skim the foam off the top if needed, and ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Put the lid on and adjust the ring on top. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
Pear Pie Filling Recipe
This is another one of my favorite preserving pears recipes. Pear pie is one of those amazing tastes of fall that I love, ever heard of it? Try our Caramel Pear Pie Recipe!
- 6 pounds pears
- Ball fruit-fresh produce protector
- 2 cups of raw organic sugar
- 1/4 cups organic flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Wash, peel, core, and slice pears. Treat with Fruit-Fresh to keep from browning, combine sugar, flour & spices. Rinse, drain and stir into sugar mixture. Let stand until juices begin to flow (about 30 minutes) Stir in lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until it begins to thicken. Ladle pie filling into freezer-safe containers and allow to cool at room temperature. Label and freeze.
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