Pear Butter | Simple Seasonal Preserving

Volume X No. 1: November 2020

Pear Butter

Laura Rose, Herbalist & Acupuncturist

Laura Rose, Herbalist & Acupuncturist

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Fruit butters are a delightful gift from a slow day at home and the cultivation of patience. Every hour of watchful tending over low heat brings more concentrated flavor and nutrient density. By the end of the day you have witnessed the transformation of whole fruit into something as thick as butter. Nature continually blesses us with abundance - this year our yard was generous with pears. The honorable harvest teaches us how to honor and respect that gift of love; practically speaking, by taking a day for the simple preservation of fruit.

Doc's tip: fruit butter is an excellent alternative to very sweet jams and jellies with lots of added sugar.

This recipe is sourced from the third edition of Stocking Up: the Classic Preserving Guide, check it out in our Bookshelf collection.
Yields48 Servings
Yields48 Servings
 16 cups peeled, cored, and sliced winter pears (approximately 8 pounds)
 1 cup pineapple juice
 1 cup lemon juice
 1 cup honey
 3 sticks cinnamon, 2 inches long
 20 whole cloves, tied into a piece of cheesecloth

Purée pears in batches, adding some of the juice as needed.


Pour pear purée into large stainless steel bowl or enamel kettle. Add all ingredients.


Cook, partially covered, over low heat until thick, about 3 hours.


Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves, discard.


Pour into hot, scalded half-pint jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace, and seal.


Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.


Leave at room temperature to cool.


Check seal before storing. This recipe yields about 6 half-pint jars of pear butter.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 tablespoons

Servings 48

Amount Per Serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Potassium 100mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin E 0%
Vitamin K 2%
Thiamin 2%
Riboflavin 2%
Niacin 0%
Vitamin B6 2%
Folate 2%
Vitamin B12 0%
Pantothenic Acid 2%
Phosphorus 0%
Magnesium 2%
Zinc 0%
Selenium 0%
Copper 8%
Manganese 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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