Crockpot Pear Butter Recipe

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Pear Butter Recipe. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    60 min
  • Cook Time
    720 min
  • Total Time
    780 min
  • Yield
    2 quarts

Have more pears than you know what to do with? Make pear butter! Just peel and chop your pears; drop them into a crockpot with a few other ingredients; and go about your business. By the end of the day you'll have loads of homemade pear butter to jar and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • Pears (40 medium-sized or 50 small)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Preparation

1. Peel, core and chop your pears. Then, puree your chopped pears in a blender. It'll take several batches to puree all of your pears.

2. Put the pear puree, sugar and spices into a crockpot (4 quarts or larger). Stir to combine. Then, set on high.

3. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half. Your finished pear butter should have a thick, paste-like consistency, that's perfect for spreading on bread or biscuits.

Keep cooking it until you get there. There's really no set cook time for this recipe.

To Can: Ladle your pear butter into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch of headspace at the top of each jar. Then, run a spatula or bubble remover tool around the inside edge of the jar to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims clean; top with a sterilized lid; secure the band; and process in a boiling water bath – 10  minutes for pint or half-pint jars. Place the hot jars on a towel, and allow them to cool overnight. Then, test the jars for a good seal in the morning (press down on the lid; and if the lid doesn't pop back, the jar is sealed). Refrigerate any jars that did not seal properly, and use them within three weeks.

To Freeze: Ladle the pear butter into clean, freezer jars (or freezer-safe containers), up to the headspace line. Then, seal the jars, and allow them to cool completely before placing them in the freezer.

They'll keep indefinitely, but are best used within a year.

Opened jars of pear butter (canned or frozen) should be stored in the refrigerator.

Yield: 4 pint or 8 half-pint jars

Warning:

Processing times vary by altitude. Check with your local extension office for times specific to your area.

Gift Your Homemade Pear Butter

Make a bunch of pear butter while pears are in season. Then, hold back some jars to give as holiday gifts. Everyone will be thrilled with your gift, and you'll have less holiday shopping (and spending) to do. Here are some free printable labels that you can use to dress up your homemade pear butter.

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