Canning Asian Pears

I was asked about canning Asian pears. Since I am not familiar with this type of fruit I did a little research.  Asian pears need to be acidified before canning. Learned something new today!

Asian Pears are not like the usual pear you can buy in your super market.  At least they are not readily available in my area.  From what I read, they are very apple like. Often called Apple Pears or Oriental Pears, they are shaped more like an apple.  They are tart and the texture is more crunchy like an apple.  

Prepare

Gather your canning supplies


Ingredients 

  • asian pears
  • lemon juice
  • sugar - for the syrup

Procedure

Peel, core and slice your asian pears in half. Cut out any bruised areas. I would slice them directly into my syrup to prevent discoloring. You may also cut them in slices if you prefer.

Syrup for Packing

Prepare light or medium syrup. I prefer light syrup. Simply heat water and sugar in a sauce pan until sugar dissolves. 

  • Light - 2 cups sugar to 1-quart water
  • Medium - 3 cups sugar to 1-quart water

You can also make a syrup with honey if you don't want to use processed sugar.

  • light - 1 1/2 cups honey to 4 cups water
  • medium - 2 cups honey to 4 cups water

The other option is to place peeled and sliced pears into an ascorbic or citric acid solution. This commercial product prevents browning. Follow the directions on the package. When you have enough pears prepared, drain and rinse. Then place the pears into your hot syrup.

Cook pears 5-6 minutes in your syrup. Just enough to heat through. You don't want to over cook. Here is where Asian pears differ from most fruits. You need to add lemon juice to acidify the fruit. Add 1 T to each pint and 2 T to each quart.

Pack hot pears into hot jars leaving a 1/2 inch head space. Cover with the same syrup you cooked in, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.

Release bubbles, clean rims and process according to these Pressure Canning instructions.

Process

Process ~ Pints for 20 minutes, quarts 25 minutes. Don't forget to adjust for Altitude.  And don't forget this is in a pressure canner.  

Adjustments for Pressure Canner
Altitude in Feet Dial Gauge Canner Weighted Gauge Canner
0-1000 11 10
1001-2000 11 15
2001-4000 12 15
4001-6000 13 15
6001-8000 14 15
8000-10,000 15 15

source: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/asian_pears.html

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