A bit of orange and nutmeg in this pear butter recipe makes it delicious.
I love making fruit butters in my crock pot. I cook it overnight and wake up to a sweet smelling kitchen in the morning. One warning if you use a crock pot overnight. Be sure your crock doesn't cook high enough to scorch the butters.
My crock just doesn't seem to cook low enough. What I do is give my butter a good stir before going to bed and then get up twice during the night just to check and stir again.
It is a drag to have to get up.... but honestly it is worth it. Just stumble out to the kitchen stir and go back to bed. It is not a big deal and much better than burnt fruit butter.
When canning pear butter you can safely process in a Water Bath Canner.
Gather your canning supplies
First you will need to make a pear sauce. Then you'll cook it down into butter and process it in a water bath.
Wash, peel and core your pears.
Combine with 1/2 cup water in a large pot. Simmer until pears are soft. Puree in a food mill or food processor or just mash them with a potato masher and wisk.
Don't overdo it if you use a food processor. You just want to puree them, not make pear juice! Place pear sauce in your crock pot. Add sugar, orange juice, orange peel, and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
Cook with the lid askew allowing moisture to escape
and sauce to thicken. As it cooks you can use a potato masher to mash the fruit. It will get smoother as it cooks so if it is a bit
lumpy at first it is not a huge problem. As it cooks it will get softer and you can use a wisk to finish it off and make it smooth.
Total cook time may be 8-10 hours. If you have a splatter screen you can place this over the top and leave the lid off. This allows the moisture to escape but keeps the butter from splattering all over your counter. As it gets thicker it may splatter.
Stir occasionally. Or give it a good stir and
let cook overnight.... your kitchen will smell fantastic in the morning.
When the pear butter is the consistency you like, pack in jars and process.
Spoon hot pear butter into hot jars. Leave 1/4 inch headspace. Place your lids and rings on the jars and place in the canner.
Process for the time listed below. Be sure to adjust for your altitude.
How to use a water bath canner.
Process pints or 1/2 pints - process for 10 minutes
Altitude Adjustments for Boiling Water Bath Canner
Altitude in Feet- Increase processing time
1001-3000- increase 5 minutes
3001-6000- increase 10 minutes
6001-8000- increase 15 minutes
8001-10,000- increase 20 minutes
For more information see this altitude adjustments page.