Friday, September 28, 2012

Pear Butter

I made my third batch of pear butter this past monday. Such a great treat for fall and winter!

There are a few pear trees down the street that we have been picking the pears and making them into pear butter. We used to use a soccer ball to get the pears down. Our neighbor was kind enough to let us use his picking tool (with a catching basket) this past time.

Our Loot:

Then I peel/chop the pears and put in a large pot on the stove on med/low heat.  I stir every 5 minutes or so to prevent burning.  Once they are soft, I use an immersion blender to puree the pears.  Previously, I used a food processor (pureed the chunks before putting the pears on the stove) but I have found the immersion blender to be less work (less dishes to wash!).

Action shot:

Next, I add spices.  In this past batch I only added 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon.  John likes less spice.  The previous two batches I have used other spices. One batch I added sugar (I was new to canning and thought I had to follow the recipe perfectly to prevent spoiling.  I later found out that pear butter does not need any extra sugar. I am happy because I hate adding extra sugar especially when fruit is sweet enough!)

Other spices that are really nice to use:  orange peel, ground cardamom seed (only a little of this! 1/8 teaspoon or less), fresh grated nutmeg, apple pie spice, whole cloves (I crush them one by one and add to taste).

I keep the pear puree cooking on the stove on low and stir every 10 minutes or so for a few hours. I want the puree to reduce down.  I like my pear butter thicker so I reduce to 2/3 the original volume.

Then the canning part. If you are trying this, please read the operating instructions for your canner, different canners have different processing methods/times.  I had water bath canned the previous batches and wanted to try pressure canning. Here I pressure canned 2 quarts and one pint.

A friend of mine told me yesterday that Ball Jars contain BPA (lids).  I am going to call them to confirm this. If true, I will be hunting for a BPA/phthalate free option for my canning.

I love to snack on this fruity spread. It is delish, on a piece of homemade bread with a little coconut/soy-free EarthBalance.


  1. Looks so yummy! And how great to have all those pears ripe for the picking--literally!

  2. My mouth is literally watering. Literally.