Recipe for Pear Freezer Jam

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Pear Freezer Jam. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
  • Prep Time
    30 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    30 min
  • Yield
    5 half-pint jars

This simple pear freezer jam captures the flavor of fresh-picked pears perfectly. It's great on toast and absolutely splendid in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups pear puree (approximately 11-14 medium-sized pears)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 package freezer jam pectin (What is Pectin?)
  • 1/3 cup water or apple juice

Preparation

1. Peel, slice and core the pears. Then, puree in a blender or food processor.

2. Stir the sugar and pectin together in a bowl.

3. Add the pear puree and water (or juice). Stir for three minutes.

4. Ladle the jam into clean freezer jars. Twist on the lids; then, let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or until thickened. Refrigerate for up to three weeks, or freeze for up to a year.

Makes enough for 5 half-pint freezer jars.

Be Sure to Use Ripe Pears:

Unlike most fruits, pears ripen after they've been picked -- and it's a process that can take up to 10 days, depending on the variety. If you use your pears while they're still hard, they won't be as sweet, and your pear jam won't taste nearly as good.

So, how can you tell when a pear is ripe? According to USAPears.org, if you push on the neck of a pear with your thumb, and the flesh gives under your finger, it's ready.

Want to speed up the process? Just toss your pears in a paper bag with an apple or banana, and fold over the top. Both fruits release Ethylene gas as they ripen-- and it's just the thing to ripen pears.

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