Feb 26, 2021

Pear Preserves Recipe

Don't they look delicious?  They were!
There should be a hot biscuit on this plate because that's how I ate some.
My fondest memories were having these with grandma on a hot biscuit.  
A friend reminded me of it this morning.
Food and memories do go together

I know we aren't supposed to brag on ourselves but this isn't my recipe
So I can brag!

Last year in August I made the preserves but failed to get the post on.  Today putting it on for the pears that are ripe now in certain parts of the country.  

The pear I grow and it evidently thrives here is called Kieffer.  I'm sure you can make any pear preserve from this recipe. 

I remember grandma making preserves from many fruits but never paid attention.  I happened to find the recipe and a great story on the Kieffer Pears at edible Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  It is pretty good if you like pear preserves give it a try.  I really like that it was from the 1947 Ball Blue Book.  A part of canning history there.


In my 1947 Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving they still remembered how to treat the Kieffer pear in this classic preserves recipe.

  • 2 pounds pears
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  1. Pears should be hard, but ripe for preserving. The Kiefer (sic) should be stored in a cool, dry place from 3 to 5 weeks before using. Pare, core and cut fruit as desired.
  1. Add ½ of the sugar to the water. Boil 2 minutes.
  1. Add pears and boil 15 minutes. Add remaining sugar and lemon (orange may be used instead of lemon.) A piece of ginger root may also be added. Cook until fruit is tender and clear. Let stand several hours.
  1. Pack cold fruit into hot BALL Jars. Boil sirup (sic) until thick as honey. Pour hot sirup over pears; seal at once. (note: Today the USDA recommends a 10-minute hot water bath after jars are filled.)

If the 2021 pear crop here is bountiful I'll be canning pears and making more preserves!

A prior post about Pear Preserves which is more my take on preserving them is Here
It is more detailed (you know me long-winded lol.  It may help beginners to get an idea of the process).

Later friends
Hope you're all doing well!

1 comment:

  1. These look good! I canned some pear preserves last year. I added cinnamon in mine. Only made two jars. The pears were fresh off the tree , hard as bricks and not so sweet. I will give it another try if I come across some better ones.