Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Great way to use up pears, including recent windfalls as they've got to be peeled and chopped anyway. Nice with pork or as a condiment with curry. Very gingery. It gets better as it ages.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large preserving kettle or dutch oven, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 1 1/2 hours, continuing to stir occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/8 inch headspace. Add lids and rings and process jars in a boiling water bath in a canner for 15 minutes. Take the canner off the heat and let water stop boiling before removing jars. Carefully remove jars and let sit. As they cool, the jars will seal themselves with a"pop". Label, and store in cool, dry, dark place.
  4. To prepare the jars, I first wash them in the dishwasher, or in the sink with very hot, soapy water, then rinse them well and put them in a warm oven, taking the jars out one or two at a time when filling them.
  5. I soak the lids in very hot water and put them immediately from the hot water onto the filled jars, making sure the rims of the jars are clean, then add the rings (which I've also soaked in hot water) and screw them on the jars just finger tight.
Most Helpful

I've made this recipe many times over the last few years. Love it. It's really good with cheese and all things porky. Really simple recipe with great results. I add finely chopped red chilli ( fresh or dried flakes) for a hot version. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

mspenelope September 14, 2015

Easy and very tasty - great with all meats including sausages.
It was sweet and sticky. Next time I make it I will use less sugar. It will be great as gifts.

Hel47 July 22, 2012

I used dried ginger instead (no crystallized) and it worked great.

frank_poncherello January 16, 2012