Pear butter is a smooth puree of pears that have been simmered with a touch of citrus and nutmeg to bring out the full flavor of the pear. It’s a perfect topping on
ice cream, slathered on buttered toast or warm biscuits. It’s an excellent accompaniment to any pork dish, particularly grilled pork chops or roast pork tenderloin.
6-7 lbs of pears, cored, peeled and sliced
4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 c. orange juice
1 tsp grated orange peel
Fill a large stockpot with raw peeled, cored and sliced pears, add 1/2 cup of water. Cover and bring to a simmer, cooking over medium heat until pears are soft. The pears will cook down to about half the pot.
Transfer the cooked pears into a food processor and puree/pulse until smooth, but do not liquify. Puree all the pears and then transfer back to the stockpot over medium heat.
Add sugar, orange juice, orange peel, and nutmeg. Cook until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture rounds up on spoon easily.
Ladle the Hot Pear Butter into HOT Prepared jars leaving 1/4″ headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust the 2 piece caps, then process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath canner.
If you’re new to canning, here’s a quick rundown on how to can using a water bath canner.