Preserved Ginger-Spice Pears

What You'll Need

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 5-6 pounds of tree-ripe pears, a little on the firm side
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, for a traditional taste, or whole star anise, for an unusual twist
  • 12 cardamon seeds, whole
  • 18 white peppercorns
  • 3” of ginger root, peeled and sliced thin

If you are not familiar with the water bath canning method watch our water bath canning video workshop. Always make sure you are following all safety guidelines outlined by the USDA when canning anything.

Pears dangle and sway from the branches in these late fall days, round and sweet as summer. They don’t last long, and they tend to come all at once. Eat them fresh, let the juice run down. When you can eat no more, think preservation. Slice and dry them in the dehydrator, or, for a more decadent treat, can some up to brighten a cold winter day!

Here we’ve taken 6 pounds of Comice pears, ripe but still firm, and spiced them with an unexpected and delicious combination of spices. Any firm fleshed pear will work for this recipe; Bosc, Bartlett, and Comice are all excellent for canning. Don’t wait until the pears are soft and perfect for eating to can them, as the heat of preservation softens them up considerably. You want them ripe, but firm, so that the final product is tender and soft without falling apart.

Directions

ingredients for preserved pears with ginger-spice

1. Prepare Your Equipment

Prepare the water bath canner and pint jars. Place the pint jars in the water bath canner and set the canner to heating as you perform the next steps.

2. Prepare Your Ingredients

Peel, core, and halve or quarter the pears, removing any blemishes with a sharp knife. As the pears are peeled, add them to a bowl of water with the juice of one lemon squeezed into it. This will keep the fruit from browning.

preserving pears with ginger

preparing ingredients for preserving pears

preserved pears3. Dissolve the Sugar in Boiling Water

In a large (5-6 quart) pot, add the sugar and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

preserved pears

4. Pack Your Jars and Pour the Syrup

Remove the canning jars from the boiling water bath canner. Pack the clean, sterilized jars with the pear halves and quarters. Into each jar, add one star anise, several slices of ginger, 2 cardamom seeds, and 3 white peppercorns.

preserving pears

Pour the hot sugar syrup over the pears and spices, making sure to leave 1/2 inch of head space.

preserving pears in rich syrup home canning

5. Lid the Jars

Wipe the rims with a clean cloth and center the two piece lids on the tops of the jars. Tighten the bands just to finger tight.

6. Process in Water Bath Canner

Place the filled jars into the hot water bath canner. Wait until the water begins to boil again, before beginning to time the processing.

Process the pears for 20 minutes, then turn off the heat and let the jars sit for 5 minutes before removing them from the water. Place the jars on a dishcloth to cool before labeling and storing.

If you are not familiar with the water bath canning method watch our water bath canning video workshop. Always make sure you are following all safety guidelines outlined by the USDA when canning anything.

water bath canning pears

7. Ensure the Seal, Store and Enjoy

Be certain that all jars have sealed tightly; if the seal has not formed by the time the jars have cooled, place the jar in the refrigerator and consume within 2 weeks. Sealed canned pears will keep for a year in a cool, dark place.

If you are not familiar with the water bath canning method watch our water bath canning video workshop. Always make sure you are following all safety guidelines outlined by the USDA when canning anything.

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