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 while canning Asian pears. (All but the first photo below credited to Rachel Abernathy.)

Three jars of bright Asian pear slices.

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.

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Canning Asian Pears: Extended, Step-By-Step Directions

A bowl of green and yellow Asian pears.

Gather Your Canning Supplies:


  • Asian pears
  • sugar
  • water
  • lemon juice
Coring and slicing Asian pears on a board.

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

A bowl of peeled and sliced Asian pears with the scraps in the background.

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

For honey syrup, see below.

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.

Heating Asian pear slices in a pot of syrup.

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 or 2 T to each quart.

Packing slices of fruit into ready canning jars using a red canning funnel.

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

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


  • Pints – 20 minutes.
  • Quarts – 25 minutes.

Don’t forget to adjust for altitude, using the chart below.

Pinnable Recipe

Canning Asian Pears

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!
Print Recipe
Three jars of bright Asian pear slices.
Prep Time:30 minutes
Processing Quarts (adjust for altitude):25 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes



  • Start by preparing jars and getting water in the canner heating. You want the canner hot, but not boiling, when the jars are ready to be processed.
    See full water bath canning instructions here.  

For a Hot Pack

  • Peel and cut Asian pears in half, removing cores and blemishes. 
  • Slice directly into prepared sugar syrup. 
  • Cook pears 5–6 minutes, to heat through. 
  • Add lemon juice (1 Tbsp. per pint, 2 Tbsp. per quart) to each jar. 
  • Pack hot pears into hot jars. 
  • Cover with syrup, leaving 1/2” headspace.  
  • Remove air bubbles. Wipe the rim clean and place on your seal and ring. Place the jar in the canner. Proceed to fill all jars. Process according to the chart below.  


Processing with a Water Bath Canner
Place the jar in the warm canner. Proceed to fill all jars placing them in the canner.
When all the jars are filled, bring the water in the canner to a boil.  When a boil is reached that is when you’ll start your timing.   Process for the length of time on the chart below.  Adjust for your altitude. 
 After your time is over, turn the heat off remove the lid and allow the canner to rest for about 5 minutes. Then bring your jars up out of the water.  Allow them to rest for another 5 minutes. Then remove the jars and place them a few inches apart on a thick towel to cool completely.  Leave them alone for about 12 hours.  
When they are cooled remove the metal bands, check the seals, label the jars and store them away! 
Processing Times for Water Bath Canner (Hot Pack) 
Altitude – Pints – Quarts  
0-1,000 ft – 20 minutes – 25 minutes 
1,001-3,000 ft – 25 minutes – 30 minutes  
3,001-6,000 ft – 30 minutes – 35 minutes  
Above 6,000 ft – 35 minutes – 40 minutes 
Adapted from: The National Center for Home Food Preservation
Servings: 9 pint jars

Canning Asian Pears Tips & FAQs

What About Pressure Canning Asian Pears?

With the addition of lemon juice, Asian pears are perfectly safe for water bath canning! The lemon juice isn’t just for color; it is a safety issue, so don’t skip it. Besides, I imagine that pressure canning fruit would make it incredibly mushy.

Canning Asian Pears Without Sugar?

Asian pears can be canned in water or juice, but some sort of sugar syrup helps preserve the texture and flavor. You can 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

Different Varieties of Asian Pears

There are several different varieties available. Some Asian pears have a light, smoothly textured skin, while others have a thicker, rougher skin. Flavor can vary somewhat too, with some sweeter than others, at least in Rachel’s experience.

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Source: The National Center for Home Food Preservation

Page Last Updated: 7/6/2021

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2 years ago

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These instructions will work just fine for the notorious Florida rock hard seedling pear, often the only tree fruit available in N FL. If you do not have an electric peeler or really tough hands, it will be easier to core the pears and turn them into pear sauce flavored with lemon (and/or pineapple), or add sour pie cherries or blueberries to the pear sauce.

They also make great pear salsa when combined with red jalapenos and garlic, and pear butter.

2 years ago

I just canned Asian Pears. After I had put the pears and syrup in the jars I realized I forgot the lemon juice. Was it ok to add the lemon juice last? After I added it I did remove all the air bubble. Thank you

Diane Bush
Diane Bush
2 years ago

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We have our first Asian pear tree ( along with 2other types). So excited about our first harvest. I’m in middle Georgia and while it may be lower in temps, I will be interested to see how your hairstyle will change due to the humidity 🥴 Thank you for your help in creating a pleasing pantry❣️