Canning Asian Pears

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I was asked about canning Asian pears, so I did a little research. Asian pears need to be acidified before canning. I learned something new!

I'm not familiar with this type of fruit, and I'm not able to get Asian pears where I live. However, they do grow near my virtual assistant Rachel Abernathy, so I requested that she take some photographs for you. (All but the first photo below credited to Rachel Abernathy.)

Canning Asian Pears

Asian pears are not like the usual pear you can buy in your supermarket. 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.  

Asian pears.

Prepare

Gather Your Canning Supplies:

Ingredients:

  • Asian pears
  • lemon juice
  • sugar (for the syrup)

How to Can Asian Pears

Procedure for Canning Asian Pears

Inside of Asian pear.

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

Peeled quarters of Asian pears.

Syrup for Packing

Prepare light or medium syrup. (I prefer light syrup.) Simply heat water and sugar in a saucepan 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.

Cooking Asian pears.

Cook pears 5-6 minutes in your syrup, just enough to heat through. You don't want to overcook. 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.

Jar, jar funnel, and pot of Asian pears and syrup.

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

Release bubbles, clean rims, and process according to these Waterbath Canning Instructions.

Process

  • Pints - 20 minutes.
  • Quarts - 25 minutes.

Don't forget to adjust for altitude.

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

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