Pear Preserves (Old Fashioned)
How to Make Pear Preserves (Old Fashioned)
- Peel, core, and slice pears into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces, then measure out 8 cups.
- In a stock pot mix pears with the 5 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Gently combine all. Let set in pot over night, cover with light towel or single layer of sheeting material.
- Next morning, put stock pot of pears on med/low stove burner. Stir gently to mix. Juices from pears, lemon juice, and sugar will have made a liquid over night. Bring to a low boil. Turn down to simmer and cook slowly 3 to 4 hours or until pears are clear and pink and syrup thickens. More sugar may be added once cup at a time during last part of cooking process until desired thickness is reached. Be careful not to add too much sugar, just gently stir often and observe.
- Have jars and lids sterlized in boiling water. 8 1/2 pint jars and 8 lids. Leave on simmer.
- When desired doneness is reached, remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, ginger,allspice, and nutmeg.
- Fill sterlized jars to 1/2 inch of top, wipe off rim of jar with a wet cloth to remove any syrup that may have dripped on rim. Top with lids and rings, tighten firmly.
- Process jars in boiling water 10 minutes to seal, (water should be heating while filling jars). Store in cool, dry, place away from direct light. Makes about seven 1/2 pint jars.