Canning Pears

by Merissa on September 12, 2012

in Canning and Preserving, Featured

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The big canning season can't end until we can up some pears! Canning pears only works if your pears are still slightly hard and not over-ripe. If you have very ripe pears of over-ripe pears I would recommend making some Pearsauce. For reference, it takes about 4 regular sized pears to fill a quart jar.

Start by making your syrup. I make the lightest syrup possible which is 5 cups of water to 1 1/4 c. sugar. And I use turbinado sugar so we don't have to used processed white sugar. It turns out the same. Make your syrup on the stove and leave it on a low heat to keep it warm while you work on your pears.

My mom prefers to not peel her pears while I don't like the peels. Since pears don't peel the same as peaches, we just peel them with a vegetable peeler.

Slice in half and scoop out the middles. You could use some kind of melon baller but I just used my measuring teaspoons.

Place your pears in a clean, sterilized jar.

Add in the syrup to cover the pears, leaving a little headspace. Clean the rims of the jar and add the lid and rim, screw on tightly. Process quarts for 25 minutes in a hot water bath canner.

Please check with your local extension office on changes in temp/times/high altitude.

Make sure you check out all the free Canning and Preserving Recipes we have on Little House Living! And don't forget to check out The Canner's Cookbook, it has recipes on how to use all your home canned goods!

I recommend a Presto Pressure Canner and the book Putting Food By for all your canning projects!

Have you ever tried canning pears?

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1 Allyson Szabo September 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

Love canned pears. The last house we owned had an ancient (and well flowered) pear tree. We got so many pears that the base of the tree was always full of fallen fruit. I would can up many of them, and do poached pears in wine sauce, and pear flan, and pear crisp… Yum! I miss them a lot!


2 Sarah September 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Love your blog! It is wonderful to see someone still canning. I grew up gardening, canning and all that wonderful stuff, but since we live in a small town I don’t do as much now. I do freeze items. You are inspiring me, though, so I might jump back into canning someday.


3 Patricia Sides September 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

I love canning, but don’t have anything to can with where I am living now. I need to know what I can do with my pears besides canning or making sauce. Can I freeze my pears? They are ripe and ready to be eaten, very delicious!!!! I use them in my morning smoothie, also!


4 Merissa September 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

Yes you could! I’d just slice and freeze in bags and then you could use for smoothies later. Yum!


5 Stacy January 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm

They are delicious dried as well! I just put them in water and ascorbic acid to stop the browning before drying, but my friend puts them in sprite.


6 Melodie September 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

QUESTION: Our pears are still not very ripe. I have made Pear Butter out of some, but still have gazillions. If I want to start canning them now, is there something I could do so the pears will be “softer” when canning, like they “are” already ripe?


7 Merissa September 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm

If you leave them in a warm, sunny place they should ripen a bit faster.


8 EVELYN September 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

How many quarts can you get out of the amount of the syrup receipt
5 cups of water and 11/2 cups sugar?


9 EVELYN September 14, 2016 at 10:15 am

Also do I need to have the Jars in hot water or just hot like out of the dishwasher hot?


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