Canning Pears

canning pears

When canning pears you need to choose fruit that is ripe but not too soft.

Pears are another fruit that we love. Jarring it up provides fruit year round that is so much healthier than store bought fruit.

With Friends in the Mt Hood area... I got to glean right from some pear orchards right after the harvest!   I'm such a food geek.  I thought it was fun!   Mt. Hood Orchards fruit right in my kitchen ripening and smelling heavenly.

Pears may be processed in a water bath canner.

Though a sugar syrup is standard.  I opted to use a medium honey syrup for a different flavor. 

While browsing around looking for something fun to do I came across many vanilla pear jam recipes.  Inspired,  I added a tsp of vanilla extract to my syrup.  YUM.  (vanilla pear jam coming soon!)

Prepare

Gather your canning supplies


Ingredients

  • Pears
  • sugar - for the syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional add in for the syrup)
Mr Simply Canning peeling pears

Syrup recipes

Prepare light or medium syrup. I prefer light syrup. Simply heat water and sugar in a sauce pan until sugar dissolves. These recipes made just the right amount for 9 pints.  Make extra if you are doing more. 

  • 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

Add in 1 tsp vanilla if desired. 

Procedure

Start by preparing jars, and get water in your canner heating.
(see Water Bath Canningfor full directions)

Prepare your choice of syrup. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to just keep hot.

Peel, core and slice your pears in half. Cut out any bruised areas.
canning pear butter

Place peeled and sliced pears into an citric acid solution. This commercial product prevents browning. Follow the directions on the package. Or use a lemon juice and water mixture.

I prefer the lemon juice just because I usually have lemon juice on hand. I believe the recommendation is 3/4 cup to 1 gallon water... but I almost never need a gallon of pretreatment. I use 1 cup lemon juice to 2 quarts water... it is stronger than needed but my pears always stay nice and bright.

I've also seen it suggested to simply slice the pears directly into the jars and add lemon juice to the jars. 2T for a quart. I've not done this but I may try it next time.

When you have enough pears prepared, drain and add pears to your hot syrup. Cook pears 5-6 minutes in your syrup. Just enough to heat through. You don't want to over cook but a hot pack works best with pears.
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Using a slotted spoon, pack hot pears into hot jars.

Cover with the same syrup you cooked in, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.
Wipe the rims clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lids.
canning pears




For more details follow water bath canning instructions.

Processing Instruction

Process Pints

Feet in elevation

0-1000

1001-3000

3001-6000

6001 and over

Processing time

20 minutes

25 minutes

30 minutes

35 minutes

Process Quarts

Feet in elevation

0-1000

1001-3000

3001-6000

6001 and over

Processing time

25minutes

30 minutes

35 minutes

40 minutes


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