Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
This recipe I found in Ball recipe book Tweaked a lot.I used my vita mix so I didn't need to cook, peel or seed my pears.I just pureed them then cooked with rest of ingredients. If you need to you can peel, seed and cook to soften the pears then puree in food processor. I just like the idea of all the vitamins and fiber I get to have because of this method. The prep time is what it took me from start(fruit) to finish(butter). This can be used on bread, waffles,pour it on a layer of cream cheese for a cracker spread,serve with a pork roast or turkey. Try it straight out of the jar.
- 10 lbs pears, processed to a puree i did in a vita mix
- 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 4 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds of
- Wash 8-10 pint jars in hot soapy water or in dish washer.
- Keep hot until needed.
- Prepare lids as manufacturer directs.
- Place in a 6-quart pot.
- Pour orange juice over fruit.
- Stir in orange peel, sugar, spices and seed of vanilla bean.
- Use a hand blender if need be to get a nice smooth puree.
- Stirring constantly over medium heat, bring to a boil.
- Ladle into hot jars 1 at a time, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
- Release trapped air.
- Wipe rim of jars with a clean damp cloth.
- Attach lid.
- Place in canner.
- Process in a boiling-water bath.
- For 15 minutes.
This is very different from the recipe in the Ball book. It has way too much liquid (OJ) and that is why it takes so long to reduce down to pear butter. For 10lb of pears, you should only use about a half cup of OJ. The flavor is great, but it takes 3 hours on the stove for the finished product. It makes 3.5 pints, but I think this depends on how thick you make it. If you make it thin, it will make more because it hasn't reduced down so much. I will use a little less juice next time (about half a cup) and see how it turns out.
Very good butter. It has a much more delicate flavor than Apple butter. But the four stars here came from other issues. This took about4 hours to cook down altogether. When it finally came to a simmer, if I tried to increase the heat over 2 (electric stove) it began to stick and scorch. And I got only 4 pints out of this not ten and that was with a full 10.5 or so pounds of pears. But all in all, a very good fruit butter worth the time to make. I'll make this one again. Thanks for posting :-)
Ooo...this is very good. And so easy to make. I replaced the cinnamon with allspice. I've put most of it away for this winter, minus the few jars my granmother stole. :D The first thing we did when it was done was to have it hot over vanilla ice cream. The kids love it.