I am NOT a huge fan of the texture of pears. Anyone else? I just dont like the ‘grittiness’ of them. However, I love the taste. This recipes allows the pears to reach the consistency of applesauce. When I was finished, my house smelled like Christmas!! YAY!! That really put me in the mood for FALL!! I love that we will get to enjoy this summer fruit when its below freezing outside dolloped over a nice homemade buttermilk biscuit!! YUMMY!! Maybe a good Christmas morning breakfast!!
8 cups of pears (peeled, cored, and cubed)
1 cup water
2 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine: pears, water, and lemon and orange oil. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil slowly, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes.
Next, pour mixture slowly into blender. Puree until consistency is that of a thick applesauce. Do not liquefy.
In a clean large stainless steel saucepan, combine the pear puree, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently while sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and holds it shape to a spoon and the juice liquid does not separate.
Prepare canner, jars and lids. Follow normal canning procedures…
- Wash and rinse the jars in hot soapy water.
- Drain the jars and place upside down.
- Set the bands aside.
- Place the lids in a saucepan (rubber seal side up) with very HOT but not boiling water.
Next, ladle hot Pear Butter into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Remove air bubbles and add more as needed. Clean rim of jars with wet rag. Place the lid on jar and screw band down until medium tight. Place jars in canner and pour in water until completely covered. Bring to a boil and process for 10-15 minutes. Set jars on a dry cloth to cool. You did it!! You will be so glad you made it when Christmas time rolls around!