Pear Butter

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.

Pear Butter on Toast

How to Make Pear Butter

Peel and core fresh pears, you’ll need about 6 cups for this recipe.

Fresh Picked Pears by Budget101

Fill a large stockpot with raw peeled, cored and sliced pears, add the 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.

Pears in Water

Transfer the cooked pears into a food processor and puree/pulse until smooth, but do not liquefy.

Pear Butter Puree by Budget101

Puree all the pears and then transfer back to the stockpot over medium heat.

Pear Butter cooking

Add sugar, orange juice, orange peel, and nutmeg.

pear butter ingredients

Cook until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture rounds up on spoon easily.

Pear Butter Puree

While the sauce is simmering. Place the clean jars on a cooling rack that has been placed on a cookie sheet in a hot oven set to 200°F. This is a simple way to sterilize the jars and keep them hot until they’re needed for canning.

sterilizing canning jars
Ladle the hot pear butter into HOT Prepared jars leaving 1/4″ head space. Remove air bubbles and adjust the 2 piece caps, then process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath canner.

Pear butter in Waterbath
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If you’re new to canning, here’s a quick rundown on how to can using a water bath canner.

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1 thought on “Pear Butter”

  1. yum! this sounds wonderful. it’s on my list. i’ve been laying up fruit butters and jams this year.

    tip – if one does a lot of butters and soups that require a food processor invest in an immersion blender. it saves a ton of time and clean up. i clean mine by running it on high in a glass of soapy water.



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