Canning 101 – Pear Vanilla Jam Recipe

pear vanilla jam

This recipe for Pear Vanilla Jam from Food in Jars is the freakin’ bomb!  This is hands down the best jam I have made all summer.  And just as soon as I can get my hands on some more pears, I’m going to make it again.

Serve it on toast, pour it over pancakes, scoop it out of the jar, whatever floats your boat, just find some pears and make a batch as soon as possible.

If you are making jam to give away at Christmas this year… This is the one to make!


8 cups chopped pears {I used Bartlett}
2 vanilla beans, split and seeded
4 cups sugar
1 packet liquid pectin {I used Certo}


Bring a boiling-water canner, 3/4 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.

Chop enough pears to measure 8 cups. Place the pears, vanilla bean seeds, pods, and sugar in a 6 -8 quart pot, and cook over medium heat until the pears are soft.  Mash half of the pears with a potato masher.  Remove the vanilla pods, and bring to a boil.  Add liquid pectin, stir and bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Stirring constantly.

Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids and screw bands on. 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 middles of lids with finger. If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary}. Yields {7} 1/2 pints.

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If you are looking for a canner, I used the Granite Ware 11-1/2 Quart Covered Preserving Canner with Rack to can my homemade pear vanilla jam.

If you need a tool kit, I use one similar to this one.

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  1. mamalala says

    I made this jam three years ago and it won a blue ribbon at our state fair. It is delish! It is the type you will want to stash for yourself and not share. 😉

      • mamalala says

        I had to make it since it was my mom’s favorite jam to make with her sisters. I also just love vanilla bean and found it on a website. Thought it was cool to put it in the jam too.

  2. Saralie says

    Wow Mavis you are really ‘jammin’, the recipes sounds great, will be making this for sure. Thanks for the wonderful posts.

  3. Robin Welch says

    I’ve been stuck on salted caramel pear butter but this is sure tempting! Thanks for sharing. Another thing for my family to request as their Christmas gift.

  4. says

    I adore the site Jars in Food!! Thanks so much for directing me to the recipe and your additional helpful instruction.

    Currently processing my first batch! And I’m thinking it might be the first of many… 😉

  5. says

    I would like to thank you, thank you, thank you so much. My Mom and I have been canning for the past two days. And I came across your recipe for the pear vanilla jam. WE LOVE IT!!!!!!!! The only thing we changed was the liquid pectin to powdered pectin.Had three boxes on hand. We are niw on our fourth batch. Beautiful set..:-):-):-):-):-)

  6. Susan Staci Sprayberry says


    Great recipe! We have an orchard with 20 Asian pear trees. Used vanilla pods for vanilla sugar for later. great recipe. Thank you.


    Susan S. Sprayberry

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