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pear preserves

Recipe by
Don Broadhead
Collierville, TN

These were my favorite growing up. My Mom would put them up late Summer/early Fall and we'd have them year round. After my Mom passed away in 2016, I feel close to her when I'm making these and Strawberry Figs. Always use hard preserving pears for this. If you use soft pears, they will just be mushy.

method Stove Top

Ingredients For pear preserves

  • 5 gal
  • 5 lb

How To Make pear preserves

  • 1
    Peel and slice pears about 1/4" thick and cut into 2" strips.
  • 2
    In a large pot, layer pears & sugar. Let sit overnight.
  • 3
    Bring pears to a simmer and cook 2-3 hours, until the pears become transparent. Stir frequently to reduce sticking/scorching.
  • 4
    After the pears be come transparent, place a small amount in a bowl and put in the freezer. Check after 5 minutes for thickness. Continue cooking and repeat every 5 minutes until the pears have reached your desired thickness.
  • 5
    These can be made shelf stable by following canning and preserving procedures.

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