Canning 101: How to Make Pear Jam

I picked up a few pears last week and as it turned out nobody ate them.  So this morning I decided to turn the rather ripe pears into a batch of yummy homemade  jam.

This was a first for me as I don’t think I have ever canned anything with pears before.

If you have never made pear jam before {or if you have a few pears sitting on your kitchen counter} then you need to give this recipe  a try.

I know it may be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but I’ll be making a few more batches of pear jam to giveaway as gifts this winter for sure.

What You Need

4cups prepared fruit (buy about 3 lb. fully ripe pears)
2Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
5cups sugar, measured into separate bowl (see tip below)
1/2tsp. butter or margarine

Make It

BRING boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

PEEL and core pears. Finely grind or chop fruit. Measure exactly 4 cups prepared fruit into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Stir in lemon juice.

STIR in pectin. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar; stir. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.) {Recipe Credit}

Put ’em Up! By Sherri Brooks Vinton

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  1. Heather S. says

    Sounds super yummy and one of my boys really loves pears. I think I’ll have to try this one! Just a reminder for those in high elevations, boil it a little longer at the end (it should say the amount of time to add on the pectin box).

  2. Stacie M. says

    Yum! I got a huge basket of drop pears at the farmer’s market one year and made a crap-ton of pear butter, which is just like apple butter. So tasty!

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