Monday, September 24, 2012

Preserving the Season - Canning Pear Honey

Preserving the season - locally grown pears
Godwin's Orchards, Johnston County, NC

With the change in season, pears have made an appearance at our farmer's market.  Last year, I bought pears from my pastured egg lady.  But this year, her trees didn't produce.  Fortunately, the gentleman I buy apples from also has pear trees.  He offered me a great price on the pears, so I bought the entire basket right then and there!

Interestingly enough, I don't really like pears!  But, I do love pear honey - which is like applesauce (but with pears, of course!) and crushed pineapple.  And despite the name, there's no honey involved.  The finished product just has a golden, honey color - hence pear "honey".  

Pear Honey
original recipe can be found here

3lbs fresh pears, peeled, cored and chopped {you'll need about 7 lbs of whole pears}
3 cups sugar
1-8 oz. can of crushed pineapple in juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1.  Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel saucepan.
2.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
3.  Simmer for 40 minutes.
4.  Drain some of the cooking liquid and using an immersion blender (or masher), grind pears to a thick, applesauce like consistency.

My new canner - an anniversary present!
This girl loves practical gifts for the home :)

5.  Spoon into prepared canning jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. 
6.  Process in boiling water for 10 minutes.

I was able to make 7 half pint jars of pear honey - one of which was gifted to the gentleman from the orchid.  He's going to bring more pears to the market next weekend, so I'll be back in the kitchen canning very soon!

Attention Target shoppers...On my last Target trip, I found this box of 12 regular mouth canning lids with bands on clearance for $2.78.  That's the cheapest I've seen for this in our area.  Might be worth a look-see if you're in Target.  Also, tis' the season for discounted school supplies, backpacks and lunch boxes at Target.  Get a start on next year's school supply shopping or stock up for the rest of this school year!

Mary Ellen


  1. Wow, This sounds great!! I have a pear tree in my yard and I've never ever tasted one. The squirrels love them though.

    I hate peaches but I love peach salsa ~ very strange.

  2. Pears are my favorite fruit,
    but I've never had pear honey. I think I'm
    gonna have to try that!

  3. this sounds very yummy I will have to try this immediately yum-o!