Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter – How to Can Pear Butter

Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter makes an excellent homemade gift during the holidays. 

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I had a craving recently for this Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter.

It is so good warm on a buttery toasted English muffin for breakfast.

So I bought a bunch of pears so that I could make it again since it has been years since I’ve prepared a batch.

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I had great plans to make a really large batch and can it in these cute Weck Jars.

I wanted to have some on hand in the pantry so we could open a jar whenever we wanted.

And I also thought it would be nice to have a little stash to gift to neighbors, friends, or teachers during the upcoming holiday season.

Preparing the Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter is actually pretty easy.

For most of the day it is a hands off project.

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How to Make Pear Butter

First, you’ll peel a bunch of ripe pears.

Then, you’ll cut them up and place them in a large pot with water, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

After cooking it for a bit, you’ll transfer it to a food processor to smooth it out a bit.

Then, you add the remaining ingredients to the pear sauce that you’ve just made.

After that, you just cook it all day on low so reduce it down until it is nice and thick.

The house will smell amazing.

The smell of this Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter cooking is better than burning a fall scented candle.

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Unfortunately, for me, the kids ate a bunch of the pears.

I ended up with only enough to make a half a batch of the Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter recipe listed below.

So, I decided not to can the recipe since there really wasn’t that much.

Instead, I just have a couple jars in the fridge and gave some to a neighbor friend.

If you haven’t canned before, canning pear butter isn’t that hard even thought it sounds like it would be complicated.

But, if you aren’t comfortable doing that you don’t have to.

You can store the pear butter in the freezer to preserve it and just take out what you need as you want to use it (or gift it).

Just make sure to use a freezer safe container.

Plastic canning jars work great, but some glass canning jars are labeled as freezer safe as well.

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Original post published on October 27, 2010 follows:

This recipe for Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter would make an excellent homemade gifting idea for friends and neighbors.

And it isn’t even that difficult to make!

I recently picked up a copy of Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving while browsing the cookbooks at Costco.

At a quick glance there were several canning recipes that I knew I would want to make.

This is a great starter canning book. Lots of recipes with detailed instructions on the canning process.

It really made it feel a lot more doable and less overwhelming for someone like me, who has canned a few times but is definitely no pro in the preserving field.

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Coincidentally, pears were also on a mega sale here.

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at apple butter.

But, after seeing a recipe for Pear Butter in adapted from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, I thought; “why not give that a try instead.”

I started out with more pears than I needed for the recipe, because I wanted to make some Homemade Pearsauce too.

It’s perfect to make both recipes at the same time.

The Pearsauce is essentially what you get after the first two steps of making the recipe (see my recipe below for where to end for Pearsauce).

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Next time I’ll be canning the Pearsauce instead of just making enough for a few days.

This Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter really was not that difficult to make.

It tastes wonderful on toast, 5 Grain Pancakes with Flax, Waffles , or stirred into oatmeal.

Are you into canning?

I’m trying to experiment with more here and there.

I’d love to hear what recipes are a must try for you!

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Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter

Yield: 4 pints
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Canning Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
This Water Bath Canned Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter is easy to make. Jars of Pear Butter make excellent homemade gifts for teachers, friends, or neighbors during the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 7 lbs. pears, peeled, cored, and coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • juice of 1 orange

Instructions

  1. In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine the pears, water, lemon zest and juice.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, occasionally stirring, for 20 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, transfer mixture to a food processor fitted with a metal blade and puree just until a uniform texture is achieved.
  4. Do not liquefy.
  5. Measure 8 cups of pear puree (I used the excess as Pearsauce).
  6. In a clean large stainless steel saucepan, combine pear puree, sugar, orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg.
  7. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  8. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and holds it shape to a spoon and liquid does not separate.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare canner, jars and lids:
  10. Wash and rinse the jars in hot soapy water. Drain the jars well of any excess water. Set the screw bands aside - they don't require sterilizing. Place the lids - the flat round portion of the two-piece closures - in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Don't boil. Keep lids hot until you're ready to use them.
  11. Ladle hot butter into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Remove air bubbles and adjust head-space, if needed, but adding more butter. Wipe rim. Center the lid on jar and screw band down until resistance is med, then increase to fingertip tight.
  12. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store.

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